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LaVale dedication, 1975

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LaVale Library Dedication Scheduled Today At 2:30p.m

The new LaVale Library, which is being dedicated at 2:30 p.m. today, is in the opinion of many experts one of the most beautifully designed public buildings to ever be built in this area.

It was designed by the architectural firm of Gerard A. Baxter, Inc. of Bel Air, Md., and built by Carl Belt, Inc. of Cumberland. The new facility occupies 8,806 square feet of space on a lot approximately 200 by 400 feet and 125 feet of the structure faces U.S. Route 40. Total cost for the project was approximately $600,000, according to Robert L. Neal, director of the Allegany County Library System.

The new library is of colonial design highlighted by a portico, quoined corners and a cupola topped with copper. The oversize bricks are Calvert Rose, manufactured by Victor Cushwa & Sons, Williamsport, and are complimented with white wood trim and black shutters.
The portico is paved with brick which extends through the interior of the building, joining the two main entrances. The foyer at the side entrance has a built-in display case and is illuminated with a traditional brass lamp.
Both entrances are located near the parking lot which can accommodate 33 vehicles. A bookmobile port is located at the rear of the building. The new library is also the new headquarters for the county's bookmobile operation.

All public areas within the library have green and brown tweed carpeting. Traditional draperies in the conference room are Cheshire Eagle topped with scalloped trimmed valances. Draperies in other areas are open weave casement-type hung on traditional brass rods.

The new library has a book capacity of 26,000 volumes consisting of 19,500 in the adult section and 6,500 in the juvenile division. There are seating accommodations for 40 adults and 20 children. The conference room will accommodate 100 people and there is also a kitchen for preparing light refreshments.

The conference room was designed so that it and the rest room facilities can remain open when other areas of the library are closed.

The land for the new library was given to the Board of Library Trustees by Mrs. Lelia C. Gould in memory of W. Wallace McKaig. Other sources providing revenue to build and equip the facility were local citizens, $12,968; LaVale Century Club, $7,000; LaVale Zoning Board, $5,000; Allegany County Board of Commissioners, $94,192; Board of Library Trustees, $13,820; Appalachian Regional Commission, $274,077; state matching funds. $78,250 and U.S. Office of Education, $63,147.

Miss Nettie B. Taylor, assistant superintendent for libraries with the Maryland State Department of Education, will give the dedication address.
James Alfred Avirett, president of the Allegany County Board of Library Trustees, will preside at the ceremony. Other speakers will be Jimmie D. Flanagan, chairman of the LaVale Library Committee; Wallace C. Speers, Jr., chairman of the LaVale Civic Improvement Association and Mrs. Glen E. Martin, president of the LaVale Century Club.
The invocation will be given by Rev. Robert M. Landes and the presentation of flags will be made by the Honorable Thomas B. Cumiskey and Mrs. Willard Aubil, president of Queen City Grove 6011, Woodmen of the World. The benediction will be given by Rev. Lowell S. Garland and music will be provided by the Allegany Pep Band.


Bruce Hollen, Cumberland Sunday Times

The photograph shows the main public area which is furnished with green and brown tweed carpeting and open weave casement type draperies. The book capacity of the new facility is 26,000 volumes — 19,500 adult and 6,500 juvenile.


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Public libraries, Maryland, Allegany County; Allegany county Library System (Md.), Anniversaries.

Allegany County (Md,), 1960-2010

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

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