Sharpsburg, MD, with its old-world feel, is an historic town named after Joseph Chapline’s friend, Horatio Sharpe, and was incorporated in 1832. The town is noted for The Battle of Antietam which was proclaimed the bloodiest one day battle in American history.
Nestled amongst the limestone, brick, and wood sided homes in town square sits the petite Sharpsburg library. It is one of eight branches within Washington County and hosts two librarians, Betty Holtz and Barbara Twigg. I had the occasion to work with Barb on Saturday and it was fun to have the opportunity to give something back to my library.
Barb was sporting the Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day t-shirt and enjoyed showing it off to the patrons. She had a great exposition when asked why we were wearing the matching shirts.
It didn’t take long before I was cataloging books, searching the internet for themed photos for the teen summer reading program, and trying my hand at labeling crafty stars for the children’s reading challenge.
I also watched and listened as Barb helped local resident members find the right movie, use the computer, or just chat about the local history. They serve the community in so many ways to enhance art and culture and I was excited to give my time and be a part of their day.
So I want to thank Jim Huang and SinC for this opportunity. It reminded me how important our libraries are, no matter the size. Here’s to it becoming an annual event.