March 5, 2013
Two young Paramount Elementary School students have taken books read in class to heart, in a way that is helping others. Drew Lobley's kindergarten teacher Lucy Austin read “The Quiltmaker's Gift” by Jeff Brumbeau to the class. In the book, a generous quiltmaker sews the most beautiful quilts, then gives them to the poor. She helps a selfish king learn that giving is the true secret to happiness. That got Drew, the 6-year-old son of Andrew and Victoria Lobley of Hagerstown, thinking.
February 9, 2004
Here's a sample of some of the books Tri-State area public school students could be reading, either as a novel assigned for an entire class to read or popular titles chosen for independent study: "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli "The Sound of Waves" by Yukio Mishima ...
February 10, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Old Forge Elementary School second-grader Jenna Burns can't remember all the titles, but she knows she already has read enough books this month to qualify as a member of her school's Reading Club. Burns, 7, said she likes reading - especially books about dogs - and plans to keep up her club membership by reading at least four books in both March and April. If all 420 of the school's students take that approach, they'll easily reach the Reading Club program's school-wide goal of 4,000 books by the end of April, said parent volunteer Elizabeth LaRue.
November 11, 2009
The Battle of the Books, a reading-based competition sponsored by the Washington County Free Library, kicked off its 23rd year on Nov. 1. Washington County children in grades four through six form teams of five to eight kids with an adult sponsor. Once the teams are formed, they may register at the central library in Hagerstown or any of its branches. Upon registration, a team will receive a set of 20 books to read and discuss until the written round of the competition, which is held in March.
May 3, 2002
"I couldn't sleep, so I stayed up half the night reading. " If a colleague spoke those words, I'd smile sympathetically and give a knowing nod. Who hasn't had a fitful night that only a good book would remedy? But this time those words came from someone who sleeps just down the hall. My 7-year-old was explaining over breakfast why he felt tired. I had two questions. "Why couldn't you sleep?" and "What were you reading?" He was hesitant to answer the first question.
April 14, 2001
Librarians not just 'book pushers' By TARA REILLY firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara Frankenberry remembers when VCRs were among the hottest instructional aids. Now, students and teachers are using high-tech tools she never imagined. Frankenberry, a library media specialist at Musselman Middle School in Berkeley County, W.Va., said one just has to enter the school's library to see the effects of evolving technology. continued Students are busy zipping through automated card catalogs, creating multi-media projects and taking quizzes on the computer.
March 25, 2012
Name of business: Ave Maria Libraria Owner: Tammy Needy Address: Penn Avenue Shopping Center, 13144 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown Opening date: April 19, 2011 Products and services: The store carries religious items for inspiration, including Bibles, books on church history and theology, Marian and saints. It sells rosaries, medals, holy communion and baptismal gifts, DVDs, CDs and handpainted statues from Peru. Target market: Catholics How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it?
June 6, 2012
Join recorded books artist Johnny Heller for “The Johnny Heller Audiobook Experience,” a humorous performance/lecture on the making of an audiobook at the Boonsboro branch library on Wednesday, June 20, beginning at 6 p.m. Heller has narrated hundreds of books including titles for adults, young adults and children. He has been nominated for Audie Awards multiple times, and won the 2005 and 2009 Audie Award. Publishers Weekly named him a 2008 Listen Up winner. Audiofile Magazine named him a Best Voice of 2008 and 2009, and one of the top 50 voices of the 20th Century.
April 14, 2013
Fifty years ago, libraries were beginning to shift from stuffy, dark rooms lined with shelves of books to participatory sites of culture and learning. The image of studiousness and solitude was being replaced by stimulation and conversation. There were expanding learning spaces, opportunities for creating and sharing original works and ideas, youth programs and a sense of community connectedness. In Hagerstown, the Washington County Free Library was no exception to the transition.
February 2, 2012
The Battle of the Books is a reading competition that Donna Eischeid can get excited about. The enrichment teacher at Pangborn Elementary School in Hagerstown said she is always looking for ways to get her students interested in reading. “I really like to promote reading, which this does. It's right up my alley,” Eischeid said. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Washington County Free Library's program, which was started by librarians Donna Parks and Jeff Ridgeway in 1986.