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November 2012
Library News
In This Issue
Library Events
Civil War Family History: Special Event
Featured Online Resources
Kids' Corner
Notes and Tips
Free Computer Classes

Our beginner's computer classes are happening in Clear Spring, Smithsburg, and Boonsboro in the next few months.  Check here for the whole schedule.

Ebook checkout limit increased

With the Maryland Digital Elibrary for ebooks and audiobooks, you can now have 6 books checked out at one time, and another 6 on hold (the limits used to be 4 and 4).  

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In this month's issue we're featuring a special family history event, our monthly concert, a book fair, and more.

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Library Events
Candice Mowbray in Concert Nov. 4th


picture of guitarist Candice Mowbray Candice Mowbray is the guest artist for the November 4 concert in our Noteworthy Sundays series In this solo performance Candice features works by the celebrated French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti as well as works by Lagoya, Pujol, and Piazzolla.  


The concert begins at 3:00 PM at the Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library. Reservations are appreciated, so please call 301-842-2730 to reserve a seat. 










Book Fair at Books-A-Million Benefits the Library     


Are you looking for a novel way to support your library and get some early holiday shopping done at the same time? If so, we've got just the thing.  The library will be the beneficiary of a book fair on Friday, November 16, from 4:00 and 8:00 pm at the Books-A-Million store in the Valley Mall. The library receives a portion of every sale during those hours.


Something's always happening @ your library. Browse our calendar of events to see what's going on at a branch near you!

Special Event: Civil War in Your Attic

Share Your Family's History with the World  


examples of Civil War documents in Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Do you have family letters, diaries, drawings, documents, photos or other items from the Civil War era?  On November 17th, you can get them professionally scanned for inclusion in the statewide collection of Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage.  The project focuses on items created between 1859 and 1867 that reflect life around the time of the Civil War and early Reconstruction periods.


Items you bring must be originals (not photocopies) and should not be copyrighted.  Make an appointment to bring them to the Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:00 to 3:30, and Jill Craig, the Library's expert archivist, will meet with you and scan them.  You can receive a copy of the scans, if you like, and they will become a permanent part of Maryland's heritage, on line at MDCH.  For an appointment, or to ask any questions, please contact Jill at 301-739-3250, ext. 142, or jcraig@washcolibrary.org.


Featured Online Resources

Thinking about college?  The Library can help!

picture of mortarboards flying in the air at graduation Applying to college can be a daunting prospect, but we have several databases that will help.  They include
  • directories of schools
  • information about scholarships and loans
  • preparation for entrance exams, like the SAT or ACT

You'll find all of these listed on our database page, and all you need is a library card. 

Questions?  Need more help?  Contact us!

Kids' Corner

Story Times at All the Branches 

kids at library story time For infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, our branches offer a variety of story times and other fun activities. 

There might be a special guest, such as Winston, the reading dog.  Or a craft project.  Or just some great books to hear and see. 

Check our calendar for details of where and when.
That's it for this month.  We hope you find our newsletter useful.  Please feel free to reply with any comments or questions.

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