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Library, branches, serve community

September 26, 2007

Washington County residents looking for information or books to read may visit the Washington County Free Library or one of seven branches.

The library, chartered in 1898, is the oldest chartered county library system in the United States.

The library arguably had the world's first bookmobile, started in 1905 by librarian Mary Titcomb, in a horse-drawn wagon.

The Western Maryland Room at the 100 S. Potomac St. library location has a large collection of historical and genealogical materials covering the area.

The Western Maryland Room's hours are Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

The hours of the 100 S. Potomac St. library are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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For more information, call the library at 301-739-3250 or go to the library's Web site at www.washcolibrary.org.

Branches



The county's seven branch libraries are:

· Boonsboro Free Library

19 N. Main St.

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Telephone: 301-432-5723

(Will be changing locations in late fall, at which time the hours of operation will change.)

· Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library

12624 Broadfording Road

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Telephone: 301-842-2730

· Hancock War Memorial Library

220 Park Road

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Telephone: 301-678-5300

· Keedysville Library

Taylor Park

Hours: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Telephone: 301-432-5795

· Sharpsburg Public Library

106 E. Main St.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, Friday and Sunday, closed.

Telephone: 301-432-8825

· Smithsburg Library

66 W. Water St.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Telephone: 301-824-7722

· Williamsport Memorial Library

104 E. Potomac St.

Hours: Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Telephone: 301-223-7027

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