Locations & Hours

Main Library

MON - THU 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SUN closed

Damascus Library

MON, WED, FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TUE & THU 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Glade Spring Library

MON closed
TUE & THU 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WED & FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Hayters Gap Library

MON closed
TUE & THU 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WED & FRI 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 9am - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Mendota Library

MON closed
TUE - THU 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI closed
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Consumer Reports

Posted August 14th, 2019 in Uncategorized

consumer reports logoScenario: The refrigerator is on its last legs. You want to make sure that you get a quality product for a decent price.

It’s very easy to compare prices online. You can read reviews online, but can you trust them? Many times, they’re written by people who are paid to post them.

So … where do you go for accurate information? Try Consumer Reports, free at the library, both in print and online.

Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. It’s been doing so since 1936.

They provide ratings and reviews of products and buying guides. The buying guides walk you through what you should consider when making your decision. It helps walk you through all the options and decide which ones you need, and which ones just sound good.

It can help you narrow down whether you want a top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side or French door refrigerator. Do you want a refrigerated drawer, adjustable shelving, door-in-door storage, air purifiers, split shelves or one of the many other options?

CR provides guides on how to take care of your appliances, warnings about unsafe products, alerts about recalls and more.

We keep copies of printed Consumer Reports at the main library for our patrons, or you can use the library’s online access to Consumer Reports and use our user name and password.





Back to School

Posted August 7th, 2019 in Uncategorized

It’s Back to School Time

It’s time to put away the toys of summer and return to the joys of learning.

As kids and teens go back to school, we have many tools to help with classwork – whether at home or at school.

You don’t even have to leave home for many of them.

You can use our website to access databases to help with research papers, class projects and homework. Explora Primary, Kids InfoBits and Salem Press provide access to information from reputable sources. No more wondering if that information you found on the Internet is accurate or not. Just use the sources that these databases provide.

Explora Primary and Explora Public Libraries provide age-appropriate articles, essays and primary source materials for research papers, projects and homework.

Kids InfoBits is an easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a range of topics including animals, literature, science, technology, etc.

If you’re studying a language and need a little practice, or just want to learn one on your own, check out Rocket Languages.

Homeschooled kids and their parents can also attend our STEM/STEAM workshops at the main library and branch libraries. During these fun classes, we’ll make amazing creations and learn more about science, technology, electronics, arts and math. Check out our calendar for specific dates.

While kids are in the program creating, the parents or caretakers can learn more about the resources we have to supplement their homeschool materials.

And then there is the most obvious way we can help – visit the library and check out our books and videos. Not only are they helpful for education, but they can provide a wonderful break.



Highlands Book Sale

Posted July 16th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Book SaleIt’s that time of year again – Highlands Festival Book Sale. Our biggest book sale of the year, it runs from July 25 through Aug. 4 in the conference room at the main library, Abingdon, Virginia.

Thousands of books, including popular fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, romance, reference, cooking, gardening, classics, inspirational as well as books for children of all ages are available for bargain prices in the conference room of the main library in Abingdon, Virginia. In addition, the collector’s section has vintage and out-of-print books. A selection of DVDs, audiobooks and CDs is available.

“We’ve had some great donations this year, especially in our local/regional, vintage, Civil War, military and Christmas genres,” says Susan Brown, co-chairman of the book sale committee.  “We’ll probably have some flash sales in some genres, so folks can follow the Washington County Public Library’s social media posts for updates.”

Prices range from 50 cents to $2 for most offerings. Higher value items are specially priced. Books are restocked daily. The Friends ask that visitors who can, bring their own reusable bags to help them become more eco-friendly.  Book sale volunteers also ask that patrons hold donations of books and AV materials, so they can focus on the book sale set up.  Donations are welcome again Monday, Aug. 12.

A preview sale for Friends of the Library only is Thursday, July 25 from 5-8 p.m. Scanning with devices or cell phones isnot permitted at the preview sale. Refreshments are served. Memberships are $10 and are available at the door.

Monday through Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m. The popular bag sale is held Sunday, Aug. 4 when a bag of books is $5.

Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

Movies in the Square

Posted May 29th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Movies in the SquareSummer is always an exciting time at the library, and this summer we’re bringing back a popular event – Movies in the Square.

It’s our version of a drive-in (remember those), but without the cars.  Join us in the square in downtown Glade Spring when it gets dark – around 9 p.m.

Bring your chair or a blanket to kick back on, bring a picnic if you like. Most importantly bring your sense of wonder. There’s nothing like enjoying a movie outdoors with your friends.

The program is a cooperative effort between the library and the town.

Whatever you do – don’t forget the popcorn.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Friday June 7:  Coco–Rated PG
  • Friday June 14: Ralph Breaks the Internet–Rated PG
  • Friday June 21: A Dog’s Way Home–Rated PG
  • Friday June 28: Hotel Transylvania 3 Summer Vacation–Rated PG
  • Friday July 5: Christopher Robin–Rated PG
  • Friday July 12: Finding Dory–Rated PG
  • Friday July 19: Goosebumps 2–Rated PG
  • Friday July 26: Wonder–Rated PG
  • Friday August 2: Incredibles 2–Rated PG

Trail Days celebration

Posted May 5th, 2019 in Uncategorized

exterior of Damascus libraryThe Friendliest Little Library on the Trail, the Damascus branch library, welcomes hikers and others to Trail Days. Every day of the year, the library provides high-speed Internet to hikers. It also provides a comfortable porch and chairs and a place to store backpacks. The Friends of the Library also keep a rack of free paperback books to take on the trail. Its Visitor Center provides information about local attractions for those who want to take a short break from their hike.

During Trail Days, they develop a variety of events for hikers and celebrants.

This year, the events include movies shown at 2 p.m. from May 13-18.

Kevin Hamed visits the library May 16 at 6 p.m. Hamed is a biology professor at Virginia Highlands Community College and a certified wildlife biologist. He’ll talk about the Eastern Hellbender salamander. Hamed’s research has included the life history of the Tennessee dace, the distraction of the least weasel in Tennessee and the impact of bottle and can litter along forest service roads on small mammals. He and his students are currently studying Southern Appalachian amphibians.

Craft Day is held May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop by any time and enjoy one of the projects. Learn to smudge with safe, engage in some Zen coloring or bracelet making. There are even more projects.

At 11 a.m., May 18, Ben Casteel brings his popular Foraging for Edibles program back to the library. He’ll explain which plants on the trail are edible and how to find them. The event begins with instruction and is followed by a hike.


Poetry Celebration

Posted April 16th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Edison Jennings headlines our Sunday with Friends regional poetry celebration April 28 at 3 p.m.

While he has three chapbooks and his poetry has been published in various journals, he still remembers the first poem he ever wrote.

The python’s manners are quite crude.
It squeezes its prey and gulps its food.

Edison Jennings says he was “6, maybe 7, when I wrote that masterpiece. I wrote it just to entertain myself and maybe show off to my parents. They weren’t all that impressed.”

Their initial reaction to his childhood poem didn’t stop Jennings from continuing to express himself and search for meaning through his poetry.

At the poetry celebration, he reads from his two latest chapbooks “A Letter to Greta” and “Small Measures.” He also shares selections from his first chapbook, “Reckoning.” He is joined by regional poets from the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers including Warren Harris, Rees Shearer, Delilah O’Haynes and Deborah Meacham Ledford.

Jennings earned a Bachelor of Arts while serving on active duty as an enlisted air crewman in the U.S. Navy. After military service, he completed a Master of Fine Arts at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Swannanoa, North Carolina. He lives in Abingdon, Virginia. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including “Boulevard,” “Kenyon Review,” “Rattle,” “Slate,” “Southern Review,” “Southwest Review,” “Triquarterly,” “Valparaiso Poetry Review” and “Zone 3.”

Highlands Writers Fair

Posted April 8th, 2019 in Uncategorized

We’re excited about our new event. We’ve partnered with the Virginia Highlands Festival to create the Highlands Writers Fair. It’s held at the main library April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have a fabulous group of writers coming to the library. They’ll be at tables throughout the library selling and signing their books.

We’re also hosting several workshops about writing and publishing your creations.

You’ll also get the chance to hear the winning entries from the Virginia Highlands Festival’s Book Evolution contest. Last year the VHF sponsored a contest where area youth wrote, illustrated and produced a book. The VHC chose three winners and printed the books. Amanda Bailey will read the winning stories and present the finished books to the winners.

Writers include:

Joy Behymer, Robert TR Bradford, Elizabeth Champagne, Hazel Fleming, Victoria Fletcher, Deborah Gold, Sharon Griffith, Bekah Harris, Leanne Hinkle (Leanne Tyler), Linda Hoagland, Rose Klix, Gayle Leeson, Damean Mathews, Alex McGlothlin, Rita Quillen, JC Schweingrouber, Stephen Semones, Kathy Shearer, Daniel Swanson, Charles Vess and Wendy Welch.

Workshops include:

The Writers Fair offers a series of free workshops on publishing for both aspiring and seasoned writers.

Linda Hoagland helps writers polish their craft with an interactive workshop.

A panel of local publishers discuss the options to bring a book to print and how to start that journey.

Internationally renowned illustrator Charles Vess discusses his book illustration career.


Hal Crowther speaks in Abingdon

Posted April 1st, 2019 in Uncategorized

Hal Crowther, the celebrated essayist, speaks Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia.  His appearance is part of the annual “Sunday with Friends” series of literary events.

Crowther’s new book, “Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers,” is a collection of profiles of some of the best and brightest of a recently departed generation of Southerners.

The title comes from something Molly Ivins wrote, “I don’t have children, so I’ve decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin.” Ivins is one of the hell raisers profiled in this collection, along with James Dickey, John Hope Franklin, Doc Watson, Judy Bonds and others.

Novelist Richard Ford said, “Crowther’s astute and affecting portraits make me think there might be something in the South worth preserving, after all.  What he’s so very, very masterful at – and no easy trick – is describing ‘goodness’ itself, and making it plausible.”

Crowther’s social and political commentary is published in national and regional outlets, from Time to the Atlanta Constitution, to the Oxford American. He is the author of four other collections of essays, including “An Infuriating American” and “Cathedral of Kudzu.” He was a finalist for the Magazine Award and for the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism and for nonfiction.

He is the husband of the beloved Appalachian writer, Lee Smith, and they live in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

The Friends of the Washington County Public Library sponsor the “Sunday with Friends” literary series. All events are free and open to the public. They include receptions, book sales and signings. Credit cards are accepted.

Frances Mayes comes to Sunday with Friends

Posted March 20th, 2019 in Uncategorized

The international best-selling author Frances Mayes gives an illustrated talk about her new book “See You in the Piazza” Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia.  The event is part of the annual Sunday with Friends literary series. It is free and open to the public.

Many people just know of the iconic places in Italy such as the Roman Coliseum and the leaning Tower of Pisa.  But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this country’s offerings.  “See You in the Piazza” is a travel narrative that crisscrosses Italy, discovering the hidden secrets, the enchantment of the backstreets, and the hubbub of the markets where tourists rarely go. An additional pleasure is finding new recipes that celebrate Italian cuisine.

Mayes is the author of a trilogy of memoirs about moving to Tuscany and restoring an old villa Bramasole: “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Bella Tuscany” and “Every Day in Tuscany.”   She has published two photo-texts, “In Tuscany” and” Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy.”  All five highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the pleasures of food, wine, gardens, and the “voluptuousness of Italian life.” The books are translated into more than 40 languages.

In recent years Mayes has also published a novel “Swan,” a mystery and family saga set in South Georgia, and “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir.”

Mayes is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the University of Florida. A widely published poet and essayist, Mayes has also written numerous books of poetry, and her text The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems” is widely used in college poetry classes. She was formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing. Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing.

She and her husband divide their time between Hillsborough, North Carolina, and Tuscany.

There will be a reception as well as book sales and signings after the event.

Robert Gipe is next Sunday with Friends speaker

Posted March 7th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Robert Gipe speaks in Abingdon, Virginia, March 10 at 3 p.m., as part of the “Sunday with Friends” literary series sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library. The talk is held at the Washington County Public Library.

Gipe is the author of “Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel,” a sequel to his celebrated first novel, “Trampoline,” which won the Weatherford Prize in 2015 for the best Appalachian novel of the year.  Set in contemporary Kentucky, it returns to the character Dawn Jewell, now the center of her family, who is searching for lost family members, her lost youth, her lost community and her lost heart in the most turbulent and deadly phase of the community’s battle with opioid abuse and the last stages of the coal industry.

Gipe says, “The world of my novel ‘Weedeater’ is as steep as the hillside out the window. I tried to make that world as vivid as the world I live in.  In the place I live, cars get wrecked.  Relationships go sour.  Jobs disappear.  People get grouchy. People keep going.  They shoot off fireworks.  They go to the lake to fish, in boats big and little.  They go to stock car races in motor homes.  They go to church in pickup trucks.  They ride around on four-wheelers to be alone with their beloved or to hunt for ginseng, or just to feel their hair blow in the wind.”

Gipe is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He is the director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky, where he is involved with an oral history-based theater project, “Higher Ground.”

Remaining speakers in the series include Frances Mayes, Hal Crowther, Edison Jennings and other poets, and Elizabeth Catte.

The Friends of the Washington County Public Library sponsor the “Sunday with Friends” literary series. All events are free and open to the public. They include receptions, book sales and signings. Credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 276-676-6298 or visit www.wcpl.net.


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