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For Immediate Release: 4/15/2014
Local Author to Highlight Spring Event at Silver Spring Library; Quarterly Book Sale, Children’s Programs Also Featured

Silver Spring resident Robert E. Oshel, PhD, author of several books on local history, will discuss his latest book “Silver Spring and the Civil War” on Saturday, May 3, at 1:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Library as part of a spring event also including the quarterly book sale and two family programs. The library is located at 8901 Colesville Rd.

Relying on contemporary accounts and memoirs, Dr. Oshel’s new work recounts the role of Silver Spring and its residents in the Civil War. For example, local residents were arrested as traitors. A Union deserter killed a prominent local farmer in 1862 and got away with it by escaping from Washington’s most secure prison. And, the last casualty in Silver Spring linked to the war took place in 1896.

The Spring Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter (FOLSS), will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a wide selection of reasonably priced used books. All proceeds support the chapter’s fundraising campaign for the new library.
During the sale, two family-oriented programs will be presented:

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a Music Workshop with Miss Julie, including instruments, singing and games for grades K-3.

At noon, Spring Origami Crafts will be led by library staff. Children must be accompanied by adults at both activities.

The event is sponsored by FOLSS. For more information, call 240-773-9414.

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Contact: Nancy Pond, 301-587-1905

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Release ID: 14-160

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