Washington Street reopens, 2005
Washington Street Library reopens today after a $1.2 million renovation.
The Allegany County Library System today celebrates the reopening of its renovated main branch on Washington Street, as Marylanders statewide mark Maryland Library Day.
In declaring Feb. 1 as Maryland Library Day, Gov. Robert Ehrlich noted the vital role libraries play in communities large and small. Libraries not only loan books, music and movies, they also offer story hours for youngsters, daily newspapers, magazines and periodicals, Internet terminals, and the ever-helpful guidance of friendly librarians.
Libraries also serve as gathering spots for both groups and individuals. About 2,500 people meet every month in county libraries.
Like the other five branches in the Allegany County Library System, the Washington Street Library is all that and more. The past eight months have surely crawled by for Washington Street patrons, but we're sure the wait will be worth it.
Allegany County Library Director John Taube said the $1.2 million renovation was "long overdue."
Taube described the children's library as "awash in colors and excitement," with a story-hour steeple for group learning. The Maryland Room featuring state and local history has been dressed up in classic Maryland colors and motifs. Anew conference room will also be available, as well as a computer training area. Behind the scenes, the building's heating, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems have all been upgraded.
In a testament to the importance of the library, one-third of the renovation's cost was covered by private donations.
Allegany County is truly blessed with a firstclass library system. Whether you visit Washington Street or one of the other branches, get up, get out and learn for yourself all they have to offer.
Lane Walbert, 10, a student at Bishop Walsh School, was the first patron of the Allegany County Library System's renovated Main Library on Cumberland's Washington Street Tuesday. Walbert donated a portion of birthday gift money toward the renovation project of the Washington Street Library.
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