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New library proposal opposed

November 01, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Town Council on Monday night voted to send letters opposing the potential construction of a new library between Boonsboro and Keedysville.

"We preach Smart Growth, and the first thing we want to do is stick a library between two towns that already have libraries," said Councilman Ralph Hammond.

"We don't need to build a little kingdom of libraries," he said.

Mary Baykan, director of the Washington County Free Library, said in October that she and the Library Board of Trustees would like to build two new libraries - one in Smithsburg and one between Keedysville and Boonsboro.

Baykan called the small library housed in Keedysville's municipal building a "reading center."

The Keedysville library and the Boonsboro library, which was recently upgraded, offer convenience to town residents, said Sharpsburg resident Jan Wetterer.

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"Kids can come to the neighborhood library without ever getting in a car," she said.

Hammond said Keedysville town officials were "shocked" by the proposal, which could breed contention between the two towns.

Boonsboro town officials "are keeping quiet" about the proposal, Hammond said.

"It's a kick in the face to every town that tries to support its local library," he said.

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