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Library begins planning for grand opening

(11/15) It’s been nearly a year since officials broke ground on the new Thurmont Regional Library on East Moser Road and the grand opening now looks as if it will be July 12, 2008.

“We’re ordering furniture and thinking about artwork,” said Thurmont Librarian Erin Dingle during an update she gave the town commissioners.

The new library design includes elements reminiscent of Catoctin Furnace and barns. The 25,000-square-foot library will have two meeting rooms, computers and relaxing seating areas. Children will be able to enjoy the section of the library designed just for them, which will have lots of colorful art, unique furniture, plenty of computers and comfortable space to sit and read. There will also be a special room just for programs and storytimes. Teens will also have their own trendy space to choose books, use the computer and participate in special program.

“The Lions Club has been banking money for about six years, $6,000, for a handicapped-accessible workstation,” Dingle said.

Dingle also said that county library system has been buying new books for the past couple years in preparation for the grand opening.

“We’re going to open with pretty much a brand new collection,” Dingle said.

Once the old library is sold, the town will be selling the old library building. Thurmont is the only town in the county with its own town-owned library.

The new library is expected to employ 30 people, five of whom will be full-time. This is an increase from the one full-time and six part-time workers.

“The people that we hire are going to train at C. Burr Artz and Urbana,” Dingle said.

PSA-Dewberry, Inc. of Fairfax, Va. designed the new library and Waynesboro Construction Company, Inc. will build it.

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