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See the historical cornerstone ceremony for the new library

Erin Dingle

(6/19) With the Thurmont Regional Library slated to officially open to the public on August 2, two important pre-opening library events are slated for July.

The public is invited to witness the laying of the cornerstone of The Thurmont Regional Library on Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at the site of the new library, 76 East Moser Road. Acacia Lodge No. 155 of Thurmont will conduct the ceremony under the guidance of Most Worshipful Grand Master John R. Biggs Jr. Officers of the Grand Lodge of Masons from Hunt Valley, Md. will be participating as well as the officers of the Acacia Lodge. In full Masonic regalia, participants will ceremonially set the engraved cornerstone at the entrance to the new library.

The original Thurmont Library was a renovated double-wide home on West Main Street. It opened in 1956 thanks to community fundraising to buy the property and materials for the library.

Although the cornerstone-laying ritual is strictly symbolic, it’s based on proven building techniques when stone masons used the tools of their trade — the square, level and plumb — to ensure the first block of the building was correctly laid, according to the Masons’ history. The ceremony of the laying of cornerstones dates to antiquity. In fact, in 1793, George Washington presided over the Masonic ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

The Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library will host a farewell cookies and punch reception at the old branch following the Cornerstone Ceremony. This day, July 19 will be the final day of operation for the Thurmont Branch at 11 Water Street.

Library services will stop for two weeks to prepare for the move and re-opening of the new building on August 2. The book drop at the old building will remain available during this period.

Make a plan for Saturday, July 19 to celebrate new beginnings and old memories. You and your family will want to make one final stop to check out materials and to recall fond memories of time spent reading, studying or having fun at the old Thurmont Branch Library.

There’s also a tremendous sale going on at the Thurmont Branch Library until its very last day of service. With thousands of brand new books in storage and ready to be transferred to our new building, we need to sell many of our older titles. Stop by any time during our regular business hours to stock up on titles at bargain basement prices.

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