Gifts help move library plan ahead

July 27, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

With a $200,000 contribution from the Washington County Commissioners and a $300,000 pledge from the L.P. Snyder Fund, a proposed library in Clear Spring is moving closer to reality.

"I'm pleased with how the effort is going," County Commissioners President Greg Snook said.

Snook, whose goal is to get a 6,000-square-foot library built, said Monday that would be "more appropriate" than the 8,000-square- foot building the Citizens for a Clear Spring Library is seeking.

Snook based his opinion on a comparison of existing libraries in other county towns, both larger and smaller than Clear Spring.

"We're still hoping for the larger building but we'll know more in August," said Isabelle Stottlemyer, a member of the citizens committee.


That decision may hinge on the response from a recent mailing to businesses, churches and individuals in the area, asking for donations to the library fund.

That letter says the community will need to come up with about $250,000 to get the larger library. The committee says contributions of all sizes are welcome.

As an extra incentive, donations of $1,000 will entitle the giver to a bronze plaque in the new library; $2,500 will earn the donor a silver plaque; and $5,000 or more will rate a gold plaque.

All contributors who donate more than $1,000 will get a personal invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Reading rooms, computer nooks or the community room at the library could be named for contributors of $10,000 to $50,000.

The results of an appeal for Washington County Gaming Commission money will be known in August.

Mary Baykan, director of the Washington County Free Library, is requesting $104,000 from the Commission, which distributes gaming funds.

A site has been secured on the existing school complex west of town. Water, sewer and power are available at the complex.

The Washington County Free Library would name the branch the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch in exchange for the fund's contribution, Baykan said in a May 24 letter to the foundation.

The foundation is pledging $300,000 over a three-year period.

Baykan said the library probably would be open 20 hours a week initially.

All three Clear Spring schools have libraries but when the schools close in the afternoon, so do the libraries.

The next closest library is in Hagerstown, 12 miles away.

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