Westernport Library Opens, 1970
Westernport Library Opens Today February 22, 3 pm
The Allegany County Board of Trustees has announced that the new Westernport Public Library will be dedicated today, Sunday, February 22, at 3 p. m. Mr. Daniel S. J. Rohrer, Jr., Chief, Western Maryland Regional Development Office will give the dedication address. The color guard of American Legion, Victory Post 155, under the command of William F. Metz, Jr., will present an American flag to the library.
Invocation will be given by Rev. John T. Sleeman, Pastor of St. Peter's Church and the benediction will be offered by Rev. Lucius Gray, Pastor of Piedmont Presbyterian Church.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony, the Hon. Ray L. Wilt, Mayor of Westernport, will present the key to the library to Dr. Adam D. Baer, President of the Allegany County Library Board of Trustees. Music will be provided by the Bruce high school band under the direction of Mr. Mausby W Rogers.
Robert L. Neal, Director of the Allegany County Library System, was responsible for writing the Architectural Program and obtaining the library furnishings. Mr. Gerald A. Baxter of Belair, Md., was the architect selected by the Library Board of Trustees to design the building. The Lashley Masonry Company, Frostburg. Md., was awarded the construction contract and began work April.
The new library at 66 Main street occupies an area of 5600 sq. ft. which is divided into three major areas that are individually climate controlled. The outer walls are colonial brick with "Timber Island Veneer." The roof shingles are grey "Bel-Air" and the gables are green. All of the library furniture, wood shelving and adult section end panels are solid walnut. The paneling around the circulation desk is teak wood and all public areas with the exception of the lobby and lavatories are covered with bronze-olive vinyl carpeting.
The lobby extends from the front entrance to the circulation desk and is paved with slate. The ceiling is low and the lights are recessed deep into the wall.
The adult section is located to the left of the lobby. It has a book capacity of 10,000 and seating for 28 which includes stuffed chairs and a sofa for lounging. Over 250 recordings, 21 magazines and four newspapers are also located in this section. The metal shelves are faun beige, the backs of the chairs are mandarin orange and alabaster, and the lounge furniture is pirate gold and bittersweet. For future expansion the adult section can be extended further back into the parking lot.
The children's section to the right of the lobby has a capacity of 5,000 books and seating for 16. There are citron, flame and lime-colored pillows for seating additional 30 children on the carpeted floor. The shelving is grey mist with rust, sagebrush green and buttercup yellow end panels. The backs of the chairs are upholstered with citron and flame-colored naugahyde. Expansion of the children's section will be made through the conference room
The conference room, named the "Westvaco Room", is located beside the children's section, will seat 36 and has a 16mm. projector and screen. It is accessible through an entrance directly off Main street, from the children's section and from the office area. It can be reserved for use by any responsible community organization, even when other parts of the library are closed. Reservations can be made by calling the librarian of the Westernport Public Library.
The office area is located in a room behind the circulation desk. The metal furniture is sand beige and the desk tops are walnut grain laminate plastic. The chairs are 100% burnt orange dura-weave nylon fabric. There are four sections of walnut shelves and a large single olive and white processing table having cabinets and a basin.
Staff And Storage Rooms
The storage room, staff room and tiled public rest rooms are located off the office area. The storage room has 30 adjustable shelves and the staff room a refrigerator, stove, cabinets and sink. The public rest rooms are also accessible through the conference room.
The library furnishings were supplied by Library Bureau Division of Remington Rand and locally by B. Beneman & Sons, E. V. Coyle Company, and Burkey's Floor Coverings.
The cost of the new library is $169,511. This figures includes $121,103 for the building; $18,000 ground; $20,398 equipment; and $10,010 fees.
The Appalachian Regional Commission under the Library Services and Construction Act appropriated $135,609, and gifts amounting to $33,902 were received from: Mrs. Alice Mason $3,505; Westvaco Corporation $10,000; Mayor and Commissioners of Westernport $18,629; and Allegany County Library Board of Trustees $1,768.
Mrs. Paul McCoy who retired as librarian last July 1, organized the library in 1925 and served as chairman of the library committee until the library's inclusion in the county system. Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas was the first librarian under the county system. Mrs. George Ord is the present librarian. Mrs. Alvina L. Hitt is currently the assistant librarian and Mrs. Eleanor Laffey and Mrs. Margaret G. Amyot are substitute librarians.
Through the dynamic and farsighted efforts of the mayor, city council and people of Westernport, a new era of cultural enrichment and education for the citizens of the Tri-Towns area will begin on Sunday, Washington's Birthday, February 22nd at 3 p. m. This is a long way from a single room without financial support and shows what a community can do when it really wants to.
Boy Scout Troop 30 helped with the moving of the books from the old library to the new one on Friday and Saturday.
The caption on the photograph reads: Westernport Library, from this to this.
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Allegany County (Md,), 1924-2010