by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer
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The Washington County Free Library looked to the past Monday, while keeping one eye on its future.
The library unveiled a $20,000 renovation of the Western Maryland Room, which houses a large collection of regional historical books and other research, to kick off its centennial celebration.
"It's just poetic that we start the year with a rededication of this room," said library Director Mary C. Baykan.
Baykan said the year-long celebration of the library's 100th birthday will include speeches from guest authors and other programs.
Next month the library will cut the ribbon on a homework center, complete with computers and textbooks, aimed at middle school students. That will be followed by the opening of a family computing center to help older learners.