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Report from the Director…….
Serving Washington County Citizens since 1898
2007—2008 Annual Report
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The numbers tell our story...
Public Usage
Registered borrowers: 65,813
Library visits: 331,643
Reference questions:
Children’s
33,88
Adult
93,194
Total questions: 127,077
Circulation:
Web hits: 1,165,426
Children’s
Adult
Total
685,735
419,721
1,105,456
Public computers: 41,401
Homework Center: 2,757
Interlibrary loans:
Lent: 17,504
Borrowed: 7,300
Program Attendance
Number of programs: 1,314
Adult Attendance: 10,983
Children’s Attendance: 6,642
Young Adult Attendance: 2,086
Preschool Programs attendance: 13,284
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Summer Reading Club:
Children:
Adult: 175
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Total children’s program attendance: 20,437
Total program attendance: 28,542
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Community organizations meeting in our
facilities: 97
Preparing our children for the future...
Over 350,000 children’s books were circulated.
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Over 18,000 children’s reference questions were
answered.
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Over 13,600 children attended activities at the
Washington County Free Library and its branches
this year.
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Over 2,450 children accessed information via the
Internet at our Information Central Homework Center.
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Nearly 2,000 children participated in the
‘Catch the Reading Bug’ Summer Reading Club.
...and providing a place for teens.
The second annual
Teen Idol Contest
brought eighteen of the
area’s most talented
teen vocalists out to
perform at the
Maryland Theatre as
about 400 people
cheered them on.
Over 250 teens and young people attended
the first ever Annipaloosa Mini-con held in
Washington County. The creative costume
parade and anime drawing lessons were two
of the most popular events of the evening.
Promoting community enrichment,
economic vitality, and individual
achievement...
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Our Sunday Music Series, Meet the Author events,
Living History Presentations, and Family Outdoor
Movies, have proven to be some of our most
popular programs for adults and families alike.
•
WCFL and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra
partnered in a program to help area children learn a
little more about Beethoven before attending the
MSO Family Concert. Participants enjoyed a short
introduction to the versatility of French Horns by a
professional musician and they made their very
own horn before
heading to the
Maryland Theatre
for the concert.
•
The Business and Government Information
Center recently earned a Cooperating Collection
status from the Foundation Center status
bringing free access to the Center’s wealth
of information on U.S. grants and grant-makers
to nonprofit organizations and individuals
seeking grants
•
Our 250 member strong Friends of the
Library continues to grow and gain
community support. This very active group
of library champions has provided over 300
hours of volunteer help as well as financial
support to such programs as the Summer
Reading Club, Summer Language Classes
for Children, Saturday Story-times for
Children, our new Adult ‘Talk Time’
Conversation Club, Library sponsored
writing contests and other activities
throughout the year.
…and investing in the future
WCFL celebrated the grand opening of the
new Boonsboro Free Library Branch April
14, 2008. This beautiful new building in
Boonsboro is six times the size of the old
building and includes a special children’s
room, a community room, a quiet study
room, and provides free Wi Fi access to
library users.
The new library serves as home to a book
share, a needlework club, story-times for
children and families, and has hosted a
variety of special events since opening in
April.
Central Library
Leonard P. Snyder
Memorial Library
301-739-3250
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-842-2730
12624 Broadfording Rd.
Clear Spring, MD 21722
Boonsboro Free Library
301-432-5723
401 Potomac St.
Boonsboro, MD21713
Sharpsburg Library
301-432-8825
106East Main St.
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Smithsburg Library
Hancock Library
301-824-7722
66 W. Water St.
Smithsburg, MD 21783
301-678-5300
220 Park Rd.
Hancock, MD 21750
Williamsport Memorial
Library
Keedysville Library
301-432-6641
Taylor Dr.
Keedysville, MD 21756
301-223-7027
104 East Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795
The bookmobile visits public, private and home schools,
daycare centers for children, adults, and challenged
individuals, nursing homes and retirement centers, as
well as neighborhood and community stops.
Combined Weekly hours
313
Central/Administration
1
Branches
7
Bookmobiles
Community Sites
Materials added
41,824
1
Total materials
346,522
1
Databases added
11
Total databases
48
Employees
100
City of Hagerstown
State of Maryland
Washington County
Capital and Endowment
Fines
Interest
Donations
Other
Out-of-State Cards
City of Hagerstown
$33,000
State of Maryland
$1,103,324
Washington County
$2,485,240
Capital and Endowment
$90,000
Fines
$70,000
Interest
$20,000
Donations
$6,000
Other
$54,560
Out-of-State Cards
$5,000
Total
$3,867,124
Administration
General Property
Circulation
Benefits
Salaries
Administration
5%
General Property
10%
Circulation
22%
Salaries
53%
Benefits
10%
Administration
$196,300
General Property
$387,240
Circulation
$846,461
Benefits
$391,981
Salaries
$2,045,142
Total
$3,867,124
At an average cost of $23 for a book, Washington County Free Library has saved the residents
of our communities over $22.5 million this year.
Reserve Board
Contracts
Young Adult
Juvenile
Battle-of-Books
Branch
Bookmobile
McNaughten Books
Adult Fiction
Adult Non-fiction
Audio Books
BGIC
Large Print
Lifelong Learning
Paperback
Reference
W. Md. Rm.
Postage
Software
Professional
E-books
Hispanic
$7,500
$4,517
$21,500
$55,000
$3,000
$108,353
$27,091
$42,500
$84,038
$132,583
$19,830
$10,500
$18,000
$500
$6,525
$66,500
$1,518
$3,400
$16,435
$2,000
$16,000
$12,710
$660,000
Total
Reserve Board
Contracts
Young Adult
Juvenile
Battle-of-Books
Branch
Bookmobile
McNaughten Books
Adult Fiction
Adult Non-fiction
Audio Books
BGIC
Large Print
Lifelong Learning
Paperback
Reference
W. Md. Rm.
Postage
Software
Professional
E-books
Hispanic
Washington County Free Library wishes to thank the many community
organizations and individuals who provide support for our special programs and activities.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Boonsboro Elementary School/Ms. Victoria Messner
& Ms. Sandra Shifler
The Bowman Board
Bragunier Masonry Contracts, Inc.
Chick-fil-A
Cici’s Pizza
Citizen’s for Maryland Libraries
City of Hagerstown
Columbia Gas of Maryland
Downtown Arts & Entertainment Center / Hagerstown
Welcome Center
Discovery Station
Dr. John Newby
Dr. Michael Zampelli
Enoch Pratt Free Library
The Family of John H. Bast, Jr./Thomas Bickle, Rep.
Food Lion—Smithsburg
Food Lion—Wilson Blvd.
Friends of the Library
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Police Department—Forensic Science Div.
Hagerstown Suns
Hagerstown Trust
Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Hancock Arts Council
Hancock Photography Club
Harry & David—Prime Outlets, Hagerstown
Healing Waters Wellness Center
Hempen Hill BBQ & Grill
Herald- Mail Company
Hub City Vineyard
Humane Society of Washington County
J.G. Cochran Auctioneers & Assoc. LTD
MS Johnson Co., Inc,
Main Line Broadcasting—Wild 96.7
Martin’s Food—Fountainhead Plaza
Maryland Cooperative Extension Office of Wash. Co.
Maryland Humanities Council
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
The Maryland Theatre
Mr. Askold Skalsky
Mr. Charles Wiles
Mr. Richard Hawkins
Mr. Steve Wood
Mr. William “Bill” Livelsberger
Mr. & Mrs. Wendy & Todd Ritz
Ms. Dawn Hoffman
Ms. Deana Usuary
Ms. Janet Madsen
Ms. Julia Stover
Ms. Marie Goodrich—Longaberger Baskets Rep.
Ms. Thorton “Pat” White
Ms. Mary Alice Baungardner, Children’s Author
Mystical Keep
National Park Service
Office Depot, Wesel Blvd.
Rocky’s Pizza—Hagerstown
Rooster Vane Gardens/Dennis Warrenfeltz
Scrapmania
Shelby H. Penn
Susquehanna Bank
The Nora Roberts Foundation
Therapy Dogs International
Turn the Page Bookstore/Bruce Wilder
Valley Pet Cemetery & Crematory
WARK Radio—Lite 97.5
Washington County 4-H Youth Development
Washington County Literacy Council
Washington County Public Schools
Washington County Reading Council
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Watchtower Books & Games
Weis Markets—Dual Highway
Western Maryland Regional Library
WJEJ Radio 1240
Gala in the Stacks 2007-2008 Sponsors
AC&T Co., Inc
Beaver Mechanical Contractors, Inc
Callas Contractors, Inc
Displays by Bob Morgan
DOT Foods
Ellsworth Electric, Inc
Ferris Baker Watts/Marshfield Associates
First Data
Frederick Seibert & Associates, Inc.
Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency, Inc.
Hagerstown Canteen Services
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Trust
Herald-Mail Company
Mr. Bill Davis
Mr. & Mrs. Delbert G. Summerville
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bowman
Panache Events & Entertainment
Patriot Federal Credit Union
Schmankerl Stube-Bavarian Restaurant
Susquehanna Bank
Thomas, Bennett & Hunter, Inc.
Volvo Powertrain
WJEJ Radio
Younger Toyota
VISION STATEMENT
Citizens of Washington County will have access to the books and information
they need in order to learn, work, live, govern, and enrich themselves,
their families and their community.
Our Mission
The Washington County Free Library is a catalyst for
community and cultural regeneration
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The library will be the “third place” for Washington County citizens, where they want to
be when they are not at home or at work.
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The community will recognize the library as a vital and valued essential resource.
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The library will continue to provide twenty-first century service to all citizens, and will
target currently underserved populations with services that meet their needs.
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Citizens and staff at all library locations will have access to effective and efficient
technology solutions responsive to their needs.
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Dedicated staff will provide a first-class library experience to all citizens throughout
our county.
I love bugs and the library. My mommy and I read lots of books about bugs with
my little brother this summer. I love the summer reading club.
Andrew, age 3 ...Hagerstown
Board of Trustees
Art Callaham, President
Thomas Statton, Vice-president
Mary C. Baykan, Secretary
Jim Pierné, Treasurer
Ellie Doub
Kathleen Poole
Harry Reynolds
Rev. Stephen Robison
John Schnebly
George A. Stone
Mary C. Baykan, Library Director
Kathleen O’Connell, Assistant Director

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