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

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.


Sunday with Friends: Mark Powell

Posted February 19th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sunday with Friends hosts Mark Powell, author of “Small Treasons,” Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.

Please note: This event is held at the Community Center of Abingdon NOT at the main library. The event was moved because of the renovations at the library.

About the book:

Powell brings his acclaimed eye to an American marriage on the verge of rupture, spinning an all-too-current tale of the world we live in and the world we fear—and how we may not be able to tell the two apart.

Tess Maynard is coming apart. At home with her three young children in her husband’s Georgia hometown, people keep asking if she’s depressed, if she and John are okay.

Secretly, she’s becoming obsessed with the war on terror—an ISIS beheading video in particular. Something about the victim’s captivity on the computer screen resonates with her. Something inside of her demands endless prayers for a world gone mad.

The carefully constructed life of her husband is likewise beginning to unravel. Now a college counselor, John’s former life bears persistently into the present. Once a contractor at a CIA black site that interrogated suspected terrorists—and one innocent civilian—he is given a choice by the Justice Department: either help with a problem in the homeland, or they investigate.

Forced by an old colleague to spy on a new one, John’s experiences abroad come home to roost in Georgia. For his wife, for his family, he goes along with the game. But just as he and Tess work to salvage their life together, the world comes between them in the form of a young man slowly being radicalized by the professor John is reporting on.

In a moment Tess imagined and never wanted to see, the intersection of their three lives is as devastating as the bomber’s explosion of hate and metal, and as inevitable as the battle between powers great and personal.

About the author:

Powell’s work includes “Prodigals,” “Blood Kin,” “The Dark Corner,” “The Sheltering” and “Small Treasons.”

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference and in 2014 was a Fulbright Fellow to Slovakia.

In 2009, he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. He holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina and the Citadel. He teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

Sunday with Friends: Bill Sizemore

Posted February 13th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sunday with Friends hosts Bill Sizemore, author of “Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery.”

Please note: This event is held at the Community Center of Abingdon NOT at the main library. The event was moved because of the renovations at the library.

Journalist and author Sizemore spent eight years researching and writing the story of his slave-owning Virginia ancestors, their slaves, and the descendants of those slaves.

His great-great-great-grandfather was a small-time tobacco farmer in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. In contrast to large planters with hundreds of slaves, he was far more typical: He owned fewer than 20. The book traces the lives of generations of African-Americans who descended from his slaves, up to the present day. In microcosm, it is the story of Virginia and the South from the slavery era through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the civil rights era, and the continued racial disparities of our time.

Thousands – if not millions – of American families on both sides of the color line spring from similar roots, but theirs is a seldom told story – perhaps due to a sort of self-induced amnesia, a defense mechanism to avoid confronting a painful past.

This book is an attempt to overcome that amnesia and thereby stimulate a biracial dialogue about slavery and its crippling legacy, which continues to bedevil the nation today.

Sizemore is retired from the Virginian Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2007, he has written about topics as varied as stage government and politics, the private military contractor Blackwater, the televangelist Pat Robertson and Virginia prison-building boom.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, book sale/signing follows.


Universal Class

Posted January 3rd, 2019 in Uncategorized

Universal Class ButtonWe are excited about our new online learning tool – Universal Class. We know that phrase sounds a little geeky – but we don’t really care. We recognize a fun way to learn something new when we see it. And this is it.

It is jam packed with online classes – just for fun and for work/school. Classes may include videos, assignments and even tests. You can take up to five classes at one time. The classes are self-guided and instructor-led, so you can go at your own pace and talk with an  instructor via email.

You earn a certificate when you complete some classes.  Universal Class is also accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

We offer classes in multiple categories. Some categories are alternative medicine, accounting, crafts and hobbies, pets, business, career training, real estate, languages, history, web development, computer programs, psychology and many more.

All you need is a library card, which we’ll be happy to give you if you need one. If you don’t have a computer or Internet, just visit one of our libraries. We’ll be happy to let you use ours.




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