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February 13, 2008
Lots of smiling faces and wagging tails highlighted Washington County Free Library's Animals at the Library homeschool program on Feb. 8. It was all about animals as the event attracted 119 children and parents, as well as one guinea pig, one pet rat, a 12-pound white rabbit, two cats and eight dogs. Presentations were given by the Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center and by the Humane Society of Washington County.
February 2, 2013
Washington County Free Library's Noteworthy Sundays at Your Library Concert on Sunday, Feb. 10, will feature Jeff Smith, a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose work has been featured on “The Young and the Restless.” Smith's interest in recording and creating music was sparked by the 1960s British invasion groups, the subsequent resurgence of blues music, and the links to country and folk music. The free concert is at 3 p.m. at the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library at 12624 Broadfording Road in Clear Spring.
March 25, 2011
Memorial Recreation Center Inc. is holding an open house for its newly renovated library on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The library, on the upper level of the center at 109 W. North Ave., was recently painted and redone by Girl Scouts from Troop 40052 as their Silver Award project, said Teresa Harmon, assistant to the executive director of the recreation center. Light refreshments will be served.
September 19, 2012
Washington County Free Library's Noteworthy Sundays at Your Library Concert on Oct. 14 features Take Two Variety Band. The free concert starts at 3 p.m. and will be held at the Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library. The library is at 12624 Broadfording Road in Clear Spring.  To reserve a seat, call 301-739-3250, ext. 123, or 301-842-2730. Take Two Variety Band performs music from the Big Band era, Dixieland jazz, country standards, 1950s and '60s rock 'n' roll and blues.
November 30, 1999
The Washington County Free Library has propsed a $13 million expansion that would increase its usable space from 38,000 square feet to 65,000 square feet. Read the full story in Wednesday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | February 25, 2002
The Washington County Free Library is seeking old family Bibles and church records that were used to note the dates of births, marriages and deaths. Such information is used by people researching family histories and is sometimes the only written record of that history. Marriages have long been recorded in local courthouses, said John Frye, director of the Western Maryland Room at the library. But births and deaths went unrecorded by the State of Maryland until 1898, he said.
September 25, 2000
Byrd earmarks library money By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D) has designated $400,000 for a major expansion of the library at Shepherd College. The funding, if approved by Congress, will help offset construction cost increases for the project, which has been on the drawing board for about three years, said college President David L. Dunlop. The library must be expanded and renovated to meet the needs of the growing college, Dunlop said.
by Joe Crocetta / Staff Photographer | July 27, 2006
Smithsburg residents Denari Grady, left, 8, and her brother, Darius Grady, 11, relax while reading books Wednesday afternoon at the Washington County Free Library's Smithsburg branch during its opening day. The library is in Smithsburg's Veterans Memorial Park.
April 9, 2008
The next "Fridays at the Library" for home-schooled students will be "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and will be Friday, April 11, at Washington County Free Library's B/C meeting room, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Students will view a presentation on the history of kite-making, and will then design and create their own kite to take home. All materials will be provided. The elementary program will be from 1 to 2 p.m. and the high school program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Middle school students may choose which session they attend.
by SCOTT BUTKI | December 30, 2003 The Washington County Free Library this winter is not having the problems it did last winter with homeless people spending time in the library, Executive Director Mary Baykan said Monday. Baykan credits the operation of a temporary day shelter for the homeless this winter with solving the problem that occurred last winter. Some patrons last year complained they were unable to find seats because of homeless people who spent all or part of the day at the public facility.
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.
September 8, 2013
“Animals at the Library” will be the featured event for the Library for Home-schoolers program this month. The program will be Friday, Sept. 13, at the Williamsport Memorial Branch Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. The Humane Society of Washington County will bring dogs and other animals, and talk about the care of pets and adopting an animal from the humane society.  Students also can bring in their pets to visit.  All dogs must be on leashes and all other animals must be in cages.
By DON AINES | | September 6, 2013
A few minutes into a conversation with Alice Brumbaugh, the George Woltz grandfather clock she donated to the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library chimed the hour as it has for more than two centuries. “It seemed right for it to come back to Hagerstown,” Brumbaugh said. The Chambersburg, Pa., woman said the clock, which was built in Hagerstown, has been in her family at least a century. It now graces a corner of the John Clinton Frye Western Maryland Room, the repository for the rebuilt library's collection of rare books, records and other documents of the region.
September 1, 2013
The top readers in Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library's summer reading program grabbed plastic shovels and turned dirt in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will add 9,200 square feet to the East Main Street library. The children who read the most books in their age category were accorded the honor. They ranged in age from 1 to 12. “The children are our future, so it was only appropriate that they be up front and center,” Pat Groff, president of the library's board of trustees, said in a news release.
August 22, 2013
Bookmobiles  Fun and Learning Center, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  Ritchey's Tot Lot, 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  Ravenwood Cottages and Ravenwood Assisted Living, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  South Pointe at Hunter's Woods Drive, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.  Sue's Daycare at Shepherdstown Road, 9 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.  Southeast Community Center in Keedysville, 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug....
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 15, 2013
The Washington County Free Library's central library, closed for more than 33 months for reconstruction, will officially reopen on Saturday, Oct. 5, officials said Thursday. In advance of the opening of the library at the South Potomac Street site where the previous library was located, temporary branches at North Pointe and downtown will close on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m., said Elizabeth Howe, reference librarian and Western Maryland Room archivist.  All the items in the two temporary branches will be moved to the new Potomac Street building, Howe said.
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | August 14, 2013
Family movie time will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Williamsport Memorial Library. The movie “Gnomeo & Juliet” (rated G) will be shown. The movie is free, along with refreshments. Reservations are not required.   Flea market/yard sale spaces available A flea market/yard sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, at Byron Memorial Park in conjunction with Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Days. There are spaces still available to rent. The spaces cost $15 each and are good for both days.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 13, 2013
The new public library building in Hedgesville is less than  a year away from opening now that officials have the financing in place to complete the first phase of the project. Bobby Lewis, the state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office in West Virginia, joined with local leaders in Hedgesville Tuesday to celebrate the agency's approval of a $700,000 bridge loan for the project in “probably record time.” Inside the completed shell of the building, Lewis congratulated the community for coming together in support of the project and the Berkeley County Building Commission for stepping up to help the library obtain the financing.
Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | August 12, 2013
Since the inception of Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library in September 2001, the branch has had only two branch managers - Sue Schnebly and Angie Garcia. Schnebly recently retired from the Williamsport branch, and Garcia has accepted a full-time position at the main branch. The library staff would like to congratulate both women.  Library patrons are welcome to visit the branch between now and the end of August to wish Garcia well, and thank her for the many fine things she's done for the individuals and the community through library services and her kindness.  A new manager will be announced at a later date.
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