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NEWS
May 27, 2013
“Groundbreaking Reads” is the theme for Washington County Free Library's 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program. Groundbreaking books of the reader's choice, including fiction or nonfiction, new or not-so-new releases, will be explored. Or if you prefer, pick up some music CDs, a movie or an audio book. The library has them, too. Participants can go to src.washcolibrary.org and download free music from the Freegal site, read a magazine at Zinio or download a book for portable readers from its eLibrary.
EDUCATION
June 30, 2012
Williamsport Elementary Magnet School for Science, Math and Technology is sponsoring a summer reading program. First-grade teachers Robin Smith and Stacie Hood have worked hard to start this program. Research has shown that students can lose two months of progress over the summer.  As a reading community, the school wants to encourage every student to read every day. The goal is to have every student read at least 20 books or chapters over the summer.  If students can show they have read 20 or more books over the summer, students will receive a prize.
NEWS
July 12, 2007
There is still time to register for the Washington County Free Library Summer Reading Program. This year, the Reading Club's theme is "Reading Road Trip" and there are age-appropriate game boards available for babies to teenagers. This year also features an Adult Summer Reading Club for individuals 18 and older. The kickoff for the Summer Reading Club was June 15 at the library in downtown Hagerstown. Children enjoyed a variety of activities, including face painting, games, crafts, ice cream and an animal display from Wildlife Adventures.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | August 3, 2006
RANSON, W.Va. - It's summer. Time to close up the school books and enjoy some carefree days and maybe a beach trip or two. Except at Ranson Elementary School, where the lights are still on and the focus turns to reading, pronunciation and fluency skills. For more than 10 years, Ranson Elementary School has been the site of a reading enrichment program in which students use the summer hours to tackle a mix of reading, art and nutritional offerings. The program, referred to as Energy Express, was started because teachers discovered that it was taking some students up to two months to regain some of their academic skills after having the summer off, said Kelli O'Dell, Energy Express site coordinator.
NEWS
August 3, 2008
Mary Holter, a reading specialist at Williamsport Elementary School, wants young readers to continue over the summer months to practice the skills that they learned during the school year. It is a fact that students who do not read over the summer months often lose some of the skills they have acquired during the previous school year. Holter approached Susan Schnebly of the Williamsport Memorial Library and the school's PTA to help her in her effort to promote reading and literacy among school-aged children during the summer months.
NEWS
By KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | August 9, 2007
Readers at the summer reading program at Fairgrounds Park brought pets to Wednesday's event.
NEWS
By Kevin Gilbert | July 7, 2005
Members of the summer reading program at Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg, Pa., try out their handmade catapults by firing cotton balls into a box Wednesday. The Wednesday afternoon craft hour is one of many activities for children and families at the library this summer
NEWS
June 19, 2008
From left, Lucas Youngbar, Savannah Poe, Briana Ellis, Savannah Brosius and Ardenn Youngbar enjoy ice cream cones in front of Washington County Free Library as the library kicked off its Summer Reading Program on Friday.
NEWS
December 7, 2007
The Friends of the Washington County Free Library is conducting a membership drive. The group is a voluntary, nonprofit organization dedicated to focusing public attention on library services and needs. The organization raises funds for programs such as the Summer Reading Program for children, summer language and culture classes, story hours and other events to enhance the cultural and literary environment throughout Washington County. Most of these funds come from memberships in the Friends.
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NEWS
May 27, 2013
“Groundbreaking Reads” is the theme for Washington County Free Library's 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program. Groundbreaking books of the reader's choice, including fiction or nonfiction, new or not-so-new releases, will be explored. Or if you prefer, pick up some music CDs, a movie or an audio book. The library has them, too. Participants can go to src.washcolibrary.org and download free music from the Freegal site, read a magazine at Zinio or download a book for portable readers from its eLibrary.
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EDUCATION
November 26, 2012
On Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, awards were given to the students who read the most pages for the Summer Reading Program at Grace Academy. Thirty-six students in grades one to five participated, and a total of 65,127 pages were read by those students.  The students who were the ravenous readers in grades one and two were Hanna Casto with 3,024 pages read and Lauren Leather with 2,604 pages read.  The ravenous readers in grades three to five were...
EDUCATION
June 30, 2012
Williamsport Elementary Magnet School for Science, Math and Technology is sponsoring a summer reading program. First-grade teachers Robin Smith and Stacie Hood have worked hard to start this program. Research has shown that students can lose two months of progress over the summer.  As a reading community, the school wants to encourage every student to read every day. The goal is to have every student read at least 20 books or chapters over the summer.  If students can show they have read 20 or more books over the summer, students will receive a prize.
NEWS
Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | August 8, 2011
Boonsboro High School's Class of 1959 will hold a 70th birthday luncheon Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at Western Sizzlin Steakhouse on York Road in Halfway. If you haven't registered, call 301-791-7115 and leave a message or just show up at the luncheon. All classmates are encouraged to attend. Class of 1977 Boonsboro High School's Class of 1977 is working hard to stay connected. The class members will meet to begin preparations for their 35th class reunion in 2012.
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Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | July 6, 2011
On May 31, Concordia Lutheran Church’s Open Arms Christian Child Development Center celebrated the end of its second year of classes with a class picnic at Hager Park.  Students and their families joined with the staff and several members of Concordia to celebrate the end of the year. The day ended with a gift and awards ceremony followed by a chapel service. The children received a gift from Mrs. Rosicky: a picture of Jesus with His arms open talking to the children. They also received a medallion that said “Star Student.”    The preschool is a ministry of Concordia Lutheran Church, 17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown.
LIFESTYLE
By TAYLOR ECKEL | taylor.eckel@herald-mail.com | June 2, 2011
Summer is the perfect time to relax with a book or enjoy reading on a family vacation. This summer, the Washington County Free Library will be offering reading club programs for all ages.   "This is literally for the whole family, for everyone in Washington County," said Lesley Mason, Summer Reading Program coordinator. The library is offering the "One World, Many Stories" program for children up to age 13. The children's program is designed to encourage children to appreciate multiculturalism, Mason said.
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Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | May 24, 2011
  Trinity E. Schlotterbeck, a fourth-grader at Williamsport Elementary School, won the 2011 Home Chemical Safety Poster Contest. The contest is sponsored in partnership with area businesses, local government, Washington County Public Schools, and the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee. Her poster's theme was titled "Keep Chemicals Away from Kids!" Trinity won a savings bond, Toys R Us gift card, a pizza party for the whole fourth grade, and various other prizes.
NEWS
July 31, 2009
The American Association of University Women donated $8,000 from the proceeds of this year's book sale to the Washington County Free Library and $500 to the library's Western Maryland Room. The money will be used to purchase materials for the library. The Friends of the Library received $1,500 from the proceeds of this year's sale. These funds will support the summer language/culture classes and the summer reading program. The library serves as a collection site and provides storage space to AAUW.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | July 25, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Urban sprawl might be one of the biggest threats to wildlife. But that wasn't the case Saturday, when a tarantula, a hedgehog and a boa constrictor appeared in downtown Hagerstown. Though they rattled a few nerves, they were met, for the most part, with open arms. It was all part of Wildlife Adventures, an interactive program designed to teach young people about the nature of animals, stewardship of the environment and personal character development. The presentation was held at the Washington County Free Library as a midway celebration of the library's summer reading program.
NEWS
By ANNE WEATHERHOLT | July 9, 2009
Around town Mid-summer is a slower paced time in our little town, but there is still plenty to do. The Fire Co. carnival will be in full swing this weekend over the river in nearby Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Every evening about dusk, a small flying parachute glider drifts over town, adding some color to the local scene. The kids had a great time at the Fourth of July bicycle parade, and many citizens got their fireworks fix in nearby Clear Spring. The pool is open and doing record business this summer with swimming lessons in the morning, general swim in the afternoon and many evening private parties.
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