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September 4, 2007
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Washington County Free Library wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans who carry the smartest card of all - a library card. Studies show that children who read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together.
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2012
You might have seen the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile in your neighborhood, or at a nearby business or daycare facility. It's kind of hard to miss. It looks similar to a bus, but is white and emblazoned with color logos and murals. And that's just on the outside. Step inside, and you will see a mini-library, with staff members, books for all ages and in every genre, magazines and other periodicals, CDs and DVDs. Here are some facts you might not know about the local bookmobile.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Washington County Free Library wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans who carry the smartest card of all - a library card. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together.
NEWS
September 13, 2011
Are you looking for a novel way to support the Washington County Free Library and get some early holiday shopping done at the same time? If so, the library can help. The library will be the beneficiary of a book fair on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Books-A-Million store in Valley Mall. The library will receive a portion of every sale during those hours. Visit the library table, which will be inside the store while you are shopping and sign up for a library card if you don't already have one. September is Library Card Sign-up Month.
NEWS
January 8, 2012
Do you have a new Nook, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, or Sony MP3 player? Need a little help learning how to download books or music? The Smithsburg branch library, at 66 W. Water St. in Smithsburg, will host an E-Library open house Tuesday, Jan. 24, from noon to 2 p.m.   The library staff will show attendees how to download music and books. Your library card offers free access to Maryland's Digital Library and Overdrive by EBSCOhost, as well as Freegal Music, making thousands of books and hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog available free to library cardholders.
NEWS
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel.Harvey-Jones@herald-mail.com | April 29, 2013
The Washington County Free Library will launch a free magazine subscription service Wednesday. Zinio is a free online magazine service to which the library is subscribing for Washington County residents. Anyone with a library card can access the service free of charge. “We are excited to be able to offer this new service to our customers,” said Bill Taylor, reference librarian at the library. “It gives the reader a selection of online magazines to chose from that can be read on a laptop, a desktop computer a tablet or even a smart-phone.” There are 55 different publications from which to choose, ranging from Bloomberg Business week, PC magazines, and food publications to celebrity gossip magazines such as US. “The Zinio interface is very well designed with a table of contents, allowing the reader to maximize their reading experience,” Taylor said.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2010
For many, it’s the view from the Smithsburg branch of the Washington County Free Library that has attracted patrons. An afternoon at the library can be enjoyed sitting behind large windows looking over Smithsburg’s valleys and mountainous terrain. A large gas-log fireplace sits at one end of the main center section of the library and a picture of the old library, which used to be on Water Street, sits on the mantel. Opened in 2006, the library offers adult and children’s book collections, public computers, a “quiet study room” and a 50-seat community room where story-time events and movies are offered.
NEWS
May 5, 2012
Washington County Free Library has announced it will be upgrading to Polaris, a new catalog and checkout system, on May 24.  Customers will be able to receive library notices by text message, keep a list of their reading history, have more options in managing their accounts online and enjoy other capabilities.  The interface for searching the library's collection is very user-friendly, and placing holds is easy. In preparation for the change, the library has declared a “Point of No Returns.” No checked-out items will be due between May 18 and June 5. Customers can help with the transition by keeping library materials at home until their due date.
NEWS
May 22, 2001
Read a good book By RYAN SWOPE School is almost over. You're probably looking forward to a summer of TV, friends and fun in the sun. Well, what if TV offers nothing but reruns? continued What if your friends get boyfriends or girlfriends ... and you don't? What if your fun in the sun turns into pain in the rain? How will you keep your sanity, let alone your academic edge? If these problems leave you shaking in your sandals, here's a cure: READING.
NEWS
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | September 22, 2011
Looking for a novel way to support Washington County Free Library? The library will be the beneficiary of a book fair Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Books-A-Million store at Valley Mall. A portion of sales during that time will go to the library. Library staff will be at the store. Attendees can sign up for a library card, get an update on the new library being built downtown and learn how the library can help your child get homework help. For more information, email pwishard@washcolibrary.org . 5K run, walk planned A family-oriented fun run on a grass course is planned Sunday at the campus of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, 55 W. Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown.
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NEWS
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel.Harvey-Jones@herald-mail.com | April 29, 2013
The Washington County Free Library will launch a free magazine subscription service Wednesday. Zinio is a free online magazine service to which the library is subscribing for Washington County residents. Anyone with a library card can access the service free of charge. “We are excited to be able to offer this new service to our customers,” said Bill Taylor, reference librarian at the library. “It gives the reader a selection of online magazines to chose from that can be read on a laptop, a desktop computer a tablet or even a smart-phone.” There are 55 different publications from which to choose, ranging from Bloomberg Business week, PC magazines, and food publications to celebrity gossip magazines such as US. “The Zinio interface is very well designed with a table of contents, allowing the reader to maximize their reading experience,” Taylor said.
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NEWS
Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | January 3, 2013
Way to go, Akelah Taylor The employees of Memorial Recreation Center in Hagerstown would like to congratulate one of their youth members, Akelah Taylor, who has gone on to accomplish great things. To add to her many accomplishments, Akelah has been accepted to Penn State University. The Memorial Recreation team is proud of her and said, “For all you do as a volunteer at the center, thanks. Congratulations, job well done.”   Bookmobile to visit W. Md. Hospital Center If you are unable to get to one of the community libraries, you can stop by the Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 10, and peruse the Bookmobile from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The Bookmobile was established in 1905 as the first mobile library service in the nation and the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile continues the proud tradition of serving patrons who do not otherwise have access to library services.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2012
Big Cork Vineyards ROHRERSVILLE - Big Cork Vineyards recently opened a farm stand in Rohrersville, five miles south of Boonsboro on Md. 67 and a 20-minute drive from Frederick, Md.     Dave Collins, farm and winery manager, offers vegetables and flowers grown on the premises. Available are handpicked green beans; yellow and green squash; slicing and pickling cucumbers; canning, slicing and heirloom tomatoes; Big Bertha Bell and Sweet Banana peppers; carrots; and fresh-cut zinnias.
NEWS
May 5, 2012
Washington County Free Library has announced it will be upgrading to Polaris, a new catalog and checkout system, on May 24.  Customers will be able to receive library notices by text message, keep a list of their reading history, have more options in managing their accounts online and enjoy other capabilities.  The interface for searching the library's collection is very user-friendly, and placing holds is easy. In preparation for the change, the library has declared a “Point of No Returns.” No checked-out items will be due between May 18 and June 5. Customers can help with the transition by keeping library materials at home until their due date.
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2012
You might have seen the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile in your neighborhood, or at a nearby business or daycare facility. It's kind of hard to miss. It looks similar to a bus, but is white and emblazoned with color logos and murals. And that's just on the outside. Step inside, and you will see a mini-library, with staff members, books for all ages and in every genre, magazines and other periodicals, CDs and DVDs. Here are some facts you might not know about the local bookmobile.
NEWS
January 8, 2012
Do you have a new Nook, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, or Sony MP3 player? Need a little help learning how to download books or music? The Smithsburg branch library, at 66 W. Water St. in Smithsburg, will host an E-Library open house Tuesday, Jan. 24, from noon to 2 p.m.   The library staff will show attendees how to download music and books. Your library card offers free access to Maryland's Digital Library and Overdrive by EBSCOhost, as well as Freegal Music, making thousands of books and hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog available free to library cardholders.
NEWS
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | September 22, 2011
Looking for a novel way to support Washington County Free Library? The library will be the beneficiary of a book fair Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Books-A-Million store at Valley Mall. A portion of sales during that time will go to the library. Library staff will be at the store. Attendees can sign up for a library card, get an update on the new library being built downtown and learn how the library can help your child get homework help. For more information, email pwishard@washcolibrary.org . 5K run, walk planned A family-oriented fun run on a grass course is planned Sunday at the campus of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, 55 W. Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown.
NEWS
September 13, 2011
Are you looking for a novel way to support the Washington County Free Library and get some early holiday shopping done at the same time? If so, the library can help. The library will be the beneficiary of a book fair on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Books-A-Million store in Valley Mall. The library will receive a portion of every sale during those hours. Visit the library table, which will be inside the store while you are shopping and sign up for a library card if you don't already have one. September is Library Card Sign-up Month.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2010
For many, it’s the view from the Smithsburg branch of the Washington County Free Library that has attracted patrons. An afternoon at the library can be enjoyed sitting behind large windows looking over Smithsburg’s valleys and mountainous terrain. A large gas-log fireplace sits at one end of the main center section of the library and a picture of the old library, which used to be on Water Street, sits on the mantel. Opened in 2006, the library offers adult and children’s book collections, public computers, a “quiet study room” and a 50-seat community room where story-time events and movies are offered.
NEWS
By CATHERINE HALL | September 12, 2008
Come by the library this month and get your child's most important back-to-school item: a library card. Children are encouraged to have their own cards for use in the library so that they can take advantage of all our youth resources. Books, DVDs, video games, audio books, playaways, CDs, magazines and in-library computer use are all available to any young person with a library card. And if you need homework help and you have a library card, you can find much of what you need right from home.
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