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Open air story hour, Smithsburg

The libraries in Washington County Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


The stone house, used at one point as a jail, was purchased by the Women's Club in 1921 and fitted as a Library. This Smithsburg Community Library is open two days in the week, one day for the school children and the other for the general public. With this branch there is a constant exchange of books from the main library.

(From Anniversary booklet)

From a July 29, 1926 newspaper account, quoting Lillian Barkdoll:

"The library was organized in 1915 as an outcropping of the Smithsburg Booster Club, which has long since failed to boost. Mrs. Bertha Morton appealed to Miss Titcomb for a collection of books, the club to pay for the room and equipment and Mrs. Moron as librarian giving her salary free. This arrangement lasted for a year or so. When interest began to wane and trained services were needed, Miss Titcomb asked me to take over the task of jacking up the interest once more. I must say I was not keen about it. Reviving enthusiasm is usually a difficult task, but this being my home town I buckled to. In circulation of books the Library reached the high pinnacle of almost 11,000 volumes the first year we were in the building."



Washington County Free Library

This photograph was found in a photograph album sent to the library by Mike Averdick of Kentucky. It was also included in the 50th Anniversary booklet.

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Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
9 x 14 cms

Washington County Free Library; Titcomb, Mary Lemist, 1857-1932; Public libraries

Washington County (Md.), 1920-1930.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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