Leaders dedicate Frostburg library, 1999
Leaders dedicate Frostburg library
New facility's goal to educate region's children
FROSTBURG — With the smell of fresh paint still emanating throughout the building, residents of Frostburg gathered with local and state dignitaries to officially receive their new community library in a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.
Frostburg Mayor John Bambacus, joined by Gov. Parris Glendening, Speaker of the House Casper R. Taylor Jr. and master of ceremonies Sen. John Hafer, opened the festivities by pointing out the important role the new state-of-the-art library would play in the education of young people and thanking citizens for seeing the ambitious project through to fruition.
"This beautiful new facility is the result of a grassroots movement by everyday citizens who decided they wanted a library and did it," Bambacus said.
Construction for the new facility was funded with $500,000 raised within the community through foundation contributions, $800,000 supplied by Allegany County and another $800,000 procured through the efforts of state government officials.
"It's a beautiful library and, as a resident of Frostburg, I just felt I had to be here today," said dedication attendee Catherine Smith. "This is a proud day for the citizens and the city of Frostburg."
Smith said she would retire soon and looked forward to spending some quiet time at the new library.
The governor echoed Bambacus' sentiments regarding the library serving as a center for education.
"Half of knowledge is knowing where to find it," he told the crowd of onlookers. "With this new facility, finding knowledge just got much easier."
Glendening said that growing up poor, he often would visit his town's local library in order to escape and reflect.
"With six kids and not a lot of room at home, the library was a great place for me to study. In those days, it truly was a center for education as it should be once again," he said.
Mary Peretti, a life-long resident of Frostburg, attended Saturday's ceremony with her husband and remembered her efforts to bring a library to the community several decades ago.
"I was one of a group that had a hand in trying to get our first library here in the early 1960s," she recalled.
Peretti said she and others collected and stored hundreds of books in a one-room former market just off Main Street that led to the opening of a small library that existed for a short time.
"This is a wonderful occasion today. I never thought I'd ever see it all come about," she said.
Glendening called the successful completion of the new structure a tribute to government and citizens working together to achieve a mutually beneficial goal and another sign that the state of Maryland's best years still lie ahead.
The new Frostburg Community Library is located in the heart of town at 65 E. Main St. with covered parking available behind the facility.
Kenneth Kennedy, a member of the Allegany County Board of Trustees, said the library is tentatively scheduled to open Feb. 1.
Joe Marra, Cumberland Times-News
The photograph, by Mark Simons of the Times-News: Gov. Parris Glendening joins Courtney and Zachary Broadwater as they look at a digital photo album of the Frostburg Community Library construction during the facility's dedication ceremony Saturday.
Public libraries, Maryland, Allegany County; Allegany county Library System (Md.), Anniversaries.
Allegany County (Md,), 1960-2010