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NEWS
April 21, 2010
Pangborn Elementary School kindergardners Rachel Coney and Ariana Serrano look for an interesting book in the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile on Tuesday morning during the bookmobile's monthly visit to the school. Kids get a chance to browse through a different variety of books other than what's in their school library. Last Wednesday was the 1st Annual National Bookmobile Day.
LIFESTYLE
September 6, 2013
 Now through Monday, Sept. 30, 47 businesses, churches, clubs and organizations throughout Washington County will collect children's books for the second annual Community Book Drive.   The goal of the book drive is to collect 10,000 books for children ages birth through elementary school for use in literacy programs for at-risk children.   Books can be new or gently used, and a list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing books and want ideas.   Last year, more than 4,500 books were collected and distributed to organizations such as the Family Center, Hagerstown Housing Authority, Tri-State Health, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, and Potomac Case Management, among others.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
Kristin Faith sorts books Tuesday for her incoming fourth-grade students at Conococheague Elementary School. Her students will spend up to an hour reading each day beginning with the start of school today, she said.
LIFESTYLE
September 13, 2012
Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative has partnered with Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) and the United Way of Washington County's Day of Caring to collect children's books for use in literacy programs for at-risk children. The collection is under way and will continue through Monday, Oct. 8. The community is asked to help collect books, specifically for children between the ages of birth and 11. Books can be new or gently used and can be dropped off at one of the following participating locations: Asbury United Methodist Church; A To Z Insurance Services; Christ's Reformed Church; Concordia Lutheran Church; First United Bank and Trust — all Washington County branches; Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency; Grace United Methodist Church; Hagerstown Church of the Brethren; Hagers- town Rotary Club; Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary Club; Hamilton Nissan; Law Office of Charles R. Stewart; New Joy Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church; Oak Hill Interior Design; Otterbein United Methodist Church; Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown; R. Bruce Carson Jewelers; Red Cross of Washington County; St. John's Episcopal Church; St. Joseph Catholic Church; United Way of Washington County; Volunteer Washington County (also collecting old batteries)
EDUCATION
January 29, 2012
There's good news for babies born at Meritus Medical Center. Each will be given children's books while their parents receive information on the importance of reading to their children. For the 10th year in a row, the Books for Babies program has sponsored a “Reading to Make Cents” contest. Washington County elementary students obtain sponsors to make pledges for every book they read during American Education Week in November. The contest encourages students to read while encouraging reading to babies.
LIFESTYLE
June 1, 2012
The Towson University nursing program and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown Student Council organized a building-wide collection drive for Books for Africa. Books for Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. Mike Pittinger, TU student and student council president, spearheaded this humanitarian project, with the assistance of TU student and student council vice-president, Hannah Bradley. Tyree Morrison, Towson faculty member, and Judy Breitenbach, nursing program coordinator, served as advisors.
NEWS
Lynn Little | November 1, 2012
Amanda, 5, was excited. She had received a $10 bill as a birthday gift. She begged her parents to take her to the mall so she could buy a favorite toy. Sound familiar?  Parents often wonder how they can help their child learn sound money management skills at an early age. Telling them "money doesn't grow on trees" usually doesn't sink in when they seem to want everything. Children are good at mastering the concept of "want" long before they seem to understand "cost" and "need. "  Children's books are a good way to begin teaching money management concepts to youngsters of all ages.
LIFESTYLE
October 28, 2011
Sophie Orth is getting an early start to learning about the world around her through reading. Her parents, Erin and Jesse Orth, read to Sophie every chance they get. "A baby's journey of experiencing the world begins with a good book," Erin Orth said. As teachers with Washington County Public Schools, Sophie's parents understand the importance of reading to her every chance they get. "There are few better ways parents can bond with their infant than reading together as a family," Erin Orth said.
NEWS
by KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | March 28, 2007
Wyatt Young sifts through used books Tuesday on the porch of the Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Young and his wife drove from Ligonier in western Pennsylvania to Berkeley Springs for a day trip.
NEWS
by DON AINES | March 22, 2007
Ericka Kalp, infection control manager at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, checks out the offerings at the Chambersburg Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair on Wednesday. The book fair is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Proceeds benefit the auxiliary.
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NEWS
September 10, 2013
Blue Ridge Summit Free Library will celebrate its 55th year of service in a former train station during a special event Saturday, Sept. 14. Western Maryland Railway gave the station to the library with the stipulation that it must always be used as a library, according to a news release. The library is planning a birthday bash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It includes a used book sale with thousands of selections, including items recently weeded from the library's collection. A cake-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with free refreshments.
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Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | September 9, 2013
The Gaggle, a local women's group, is participating in its Second Annual Community Book Drive, sponsored by the Hagerstown Rotary Club, Hagerstown Area Religious Council and the United Way of Washington County. The drive, which runs through September, has a goal to raise 10,000 children's books for readers from infant to age 11. Books can be new or gently used. Book contributions will help children learn to read, and might be the first book a child has ever owned. Other participating sites in Boonsboro are the high school and Susquehanna Bank, and books can be dropped of at your convenience.
LIFESTYLE
September 6, 2013
 Now through Monday, Sept. 30, 47 businesses, churches, clubs and organizations throughout Washington County will collect children's books for the second annual Community Book Drive.   The goal of the book drive is to collect 10,000 books for children ages birth through elementary school for use in literacy programs for at-risk children.   Books can be new or gently used, and a list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing books and want ideas.   Last year, more than 4,500 books were collected and distributed to organizations such as the Family Center, Hagerstown Housing Authority, Tri-State Health, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, and Potomac Case Management, among others.
NEWS
September 6, 2013
The year is 1821 and all of Daniel and Catherine Royer's 10 children are nine years older than they were when they were first introduced to readers in 2012 in “The Royers of Renfrew - A Family Tapestry.” They are now facing all the challenges and choices of adulthood.  Having established their thriving Pennsylvania German farmstead and coped with the trauma of the War of 1812, what becomes of the 19th century Royer family members through the first two historical novels in the series will be revealed in the last.  The newest volume, “The Fabric of Life,” debuts Saturday at Renfrew Heritage Day at Renfrew Museum and Park.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Area businesses, churches, clubs, and organizations in Washington County are collecting children's books for the second annual community book drive this month. The goal is to collect 10,000 books for ages infant to 11, for use in literacy programs for at-risk children.  Books can be new or gently used, and a list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing books and want ideas. Last year, more than 4,500 books were collected and distributed to organizations, such as the Family Center, Hagerstown Housing Authority, Tri-State Health, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, and Potomac Case Management, among others.  Hagerstown Rotary Club, Hagerstown Area Religious Council and United Way of Washington County are co-partnering for the book collection.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 30, 2013
From holding classes in a building at Hagerstown High School, to moving to the grounds of South Hagerstown High School, and finally settling at its Robinwood Drive location in 1966, Hagerstown Community College has come a long way since 1946. HCC officials ruminated on the school's evolution Tuesday when a book detailing the school's history was unveiled in the Kepler Center. The 339-page book, titled “The Community's College: The Remarkable Journey of Hagerstown Community College 1946-2012,” was written by Diane Weaver, a former HCC professor, coordinator and adviser.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
Community Book Drive announced for Sept. Nearly 50 businesses, churches, clubs and organizations across Washington County will collect children's books from Sunday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 30. The goal of the book drive is to collect 10,000 books for children ages 11 and younger for use in literacy programs for at-risk children. Books can be new or gently used. A list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing new books and want ideas. For more information and resources on The Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative, visit hagerstownrotaryliteracy initiative.org . Youth orchestra sets auditions for Aug. 28 SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.
LIFESTYLE
August 8, 2013
Names: Amanda Hart Miller and Grant Miller Ages : Amanda is 38; Grant is 34 City in which you reside: Hagerstown Day jobs: Amanda is an English professor at Hagerstown Community College; Grant is a mechanical engineer at TA Engineering Inc. in Baltimore Book title: “SuperDylan and the Powers of Just Right” Genre: Early reader (ages 4 to 8) chapter book Synopsis of book: When 5-year-old Dylan's younger brother dons a cape and threatens Dylan's self-proclaimed position as the family superhero, Dylan panics.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
Stuart Yorty has moved between several states in his young life, but he always kept focused on his involvement in the Boy Scouts. “It has always been my goal to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout,” said Stuart, 17, of Waynesboro. Due in large part to a service project benefiting active-duty U.S. troops, Stuart has now reached that rank and will celebrate the achievement in a ceremony next month. Stuart sent hundreds of care packages to soldiers deployed overseas from Fort Meade, Md. Stuart collected donations of DVDs, books, toiletries and snacks from area businesses, schools and boxes placed in public places.
NEWS
Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | July 23, 2013
HCC assistant professor publishes children's book Hagerstown Community College assistant English professor Amanda Miller recently published her first children's early reader chapter book, “SuperDylan and the Powers of Just Right.” Miller, an avid poet and fiction writer, said that she was inspired to write the book after reading Barbara Park's “Junie B. Jones” chapter books to her sons. “I felt like 'Junie B's' voice was perfect for a girl in kindergarten, but I was disappointed not to find comparable books with a male narrator of that age. Since my sons are ages 6 and 7, I have a pretty good ear for that voice.
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