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Frostburg Library Smart Growth Award, 2000

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Frostburg facility given Smart Growth Award by governor

FROSTBURG — The Frostburg Community Library was recognized by Gov. Parris Glendening this year as the recipient of the sixth annual Smart Growth Award.

"Of course we are honored to receive this award in recognition of the tremendous amount of work that was done by a dedicated group of citizens," said Frostburg Mayor John Bambacus. "And it was also an opportunity for others to hear about Frostburg's library, which is a story we are pleased to tell."

The city of Frostburg worked for 12 years to open a new community library. Citizens volunteered to form committees and raise money for the project.

Countless volunteer hours were spent raising money and selling the idea to local officials. Much financial resistance was met and even the location was argued, but the citizen groups and local elected officials forged on. Finally, in 1999, the library opened its doors on Main Street,

"It is the first new building of that magnitude on Main Street in years," said Bambacus. "And part of the reason the Smart Growth Award was given was the impact that the library has on Main Street. It brings people there seven days a week."

Bambacus also pointed out that many leaders from outside communities have visited the Frostburg Community Library to learn how the community accomplished such a feat against the odds it faced.


Laura H. Vogel, Cumberland Times-News


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

Allegany County (Md,), 1924-2010

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

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