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Thurmont Regional Library will open with 85,000 items

James Rada, Jr.
Thurmont Dispatch

(7/17) The Thurmont Regional Library will open to the public on Saturday, August 2, 2008. The opening will be marked with a week-long celebration, beginning with the building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

“The Thurmont community has been looking forward to the opening of our new library with tremendous enthusiasm,” said Erin Dingle, branch administrator for the Thurmont Regional Library, who will manage the facility. “We hope that the new library will become a gathering place for people of all backgrounds and interests to discover and learn in a comfortable, accommodating atmosphere.”

The week-long grand opening celebration has been underwritten by Woodsboro Bank, which also has a new bank branch opening in Thurmont on Aug. 2.

“We have a strong, growing customer base in the Thurmont area, and partnering with the new public library there is a natural fit for us,” said Rick Miller, president and CEO of Woodsboro Bank. “Our sponsorship of the grand opening celebration gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation to the community.”

The celebration will feature an array of performers and entertainment to appeal to all ages, and will also familiarize the community with features of the new facility. Visit the library's website at fcpl.org for the latest updates and listen to media sponsor Free Country WFRE 99.9 for more details.

The library's address is 76 East Moser Road, Thurmont, and the telephone number will be (301) 600-7200. Once open, the library's hours will be as follows:

• Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Library grand opening events

Saturday, August 2

9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10 a.m. Doors Open
11 a.m. Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition (Bluegrass Music)
11 a.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
11:30 a.m. Catoctin Furnace History presented by Cunningham Falls State Park
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Tails and Scales Wildlife Program
2 p.m. Kennedy's Kitchen (Celtic Music)
3 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
All day Living History Demonstrations
Docent-led Library Tours
Children's Craft Area
Scavenger Hunt w/ Prizes

Sunday, August 3, Agricultural Day
1-3 p.m. Free Country WFRE 99.1 FM Live Broadcast with Lisa Allen
2 p.m. “Goats in the Classroom” Puppet Show and craft presented by Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation
3 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
3 p.m. “Three Billy Goats Gruff” Puppet Show and craft presented by MAEF
4 p.m. “Beatrice's Goat” Puppet Show and craft presented by MAEF
Throughout the Day Agricultural Petting Zoo
Agricultural Showcase Bus Presented by MAEF Children's Arts and Craft Area

Monday, August 4, Nature Day
10:30 a.m. Babies with Books (Storytime)
11 a.m. Smokey the Bear presented by Catoctin Mountain Park
11 a.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
12 p.m. Frederick County Clean Streams Program
2 p.m. Natural Wildlife Habitats presented by Catoctin Zoo
2:30 p.m. Babies with Books (Storytime)
3 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
7 p.m. Native Plant Workshop presented by Master Gardener Patty McDermitt
7 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library

Tuesday, August 5, Celebrating Our North County History
10:30 a.m. Time for Two's (Storytime)
11 a.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
12 p.m. Maryland Folk Life Children's Program
2 p.m. The Cozy/C amp David Connection presented by Vicky Grinder
2:30 p.m. Time for Two's (Storytime)
3 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
5 p.m. A Journey Through Time with Mamie Eisenhower presented by Ruth Mary Mackelhenny
6 p.m. “Dangerous Engagement” Civil War book discussion by author Marc Leepson
7 p.m. Camp David: A History by Mark Hudson, Frederick County Historical Society
7 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library

Wednesday, August 6, Cultural Arts Day
10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime
11 a.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
12 p.m. Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents “Music, A Hands-On Experience”
2:30 p.m. Preschool Storytime
3 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
7 p.m. Thurmont Thespians- Season Highlights
7 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library

Thursday, August 7, Literature Day
10:30 a.m. “Caterpillar's Wish” Puppet Show
11 a.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
12 p.m. “Spiderella” Puppet Show
2 p.m. Linda Fang, International Storyteller
3 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library
5 p.m. Teen Poetry Sl a.m. with guest DJ Luis Rivera
7 p.m. Poet Laureate's Corner with MD State Poet Laureate Michael Glaser
7 p.m. Library Tour with Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library

Friday, August 8, Regional Connections
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Greet Thurmont area business owners and local civic organizations while enjoying informational displays about opportunities available in the North County Region. Visit the Lion's Club Coffee Café and see demonstrations of the new Adaptive Computer Station for library users with disabilities, which was generously donated to the Thurmont Regional Library by the Thurmont Lions Club.

Saturday, August 9, Country Fair Day
2 p.m. Cecil the Clown
2-4 p.m. Live Music by The Yard Slippers
Throughout the Day Dancing by the Carroll County Cloggers
Old Fashioned Games
Children's Arts and Crafts
Cake Walk presented by the Friends of the Thurmont Regional Library

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