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Librarian excited about new facility

February 26, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

KEEDYSVILLE -- Sarah Hull said she had no idea when she graduated from Shepherd College with a degree in psychology that she would become a librarian.

"I wandered into this," Hull said of her 12 years at the Keedysville branch of the Washington County Free Library.

The branch currently is closed for renovations. After years of sharing space with Keedysville Town Hall at 20 Taylor Drive, the library is now alone at that location.

Last summer, the town hall and offices moved into a former bank building on Main Street that the town bought, said Keedysville Mayor Matt Hull, the husband of the librarian.

The town, which still owns the library building on Taylor Drive, entered into a joint venture with the Washington County Free Library to renovate the library.

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"The town contributed the walls, floors and ceiling in the library building," Matt Hull said, noting those costs were approximately $43,000. A handicapped bathroom and ramp also were installed.

The rest of the work - installing computers and shelving, and adding to the library's books, DVDs and other materials - is being provided by the county library at a cost of $29,000.

Ken Hose, facilities manager for Washington County Free Library, recently built shelves. A Tuesday reopening is anticipated.

The new hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

A Sharpsburg native, Sarah Hull graduated from Boonsboro schools before attending Shepherd. She worked at Brook Lane Health Services for six years.

She and Matt are the parents of four children ranging in age from 15 months to 15 years old. When he is not handling his mayoral duties, Matt Hull is a crane operator.

"I moved into town when my mom, Pat Hammond, was working here at the library part time," Sarah Hull said.

When the job was offered, she jumped at the chance.

"It was a good fit, and I can walk to work," she said.

She needed some on-the-job training in reference work and computers, she said.

While the renovations are still under way, the library's books and other materials are being housed at the former Boonsboro Library, according to Janlee Viands, branch coordinator for Washington County Free Library.

The Keedysville Library's expanded space will allow for nearly 3,500 books, DVDs and large-print editions, Viands said. The old building had 300 square feet for the library; the new one will have 1,240 square feet.

There will be separate areas for adults and children, two computers instead of one, and three times as much shelving.

"I am really excited about the new library," Sarah Hull said. "Our patrons have also expressed a lot of interest."

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