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Washington Co. Free Library Opens Its Doors

The Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown opened its doors Saturday after nearly three years of construction, and hundreds of locals gathered to celebrate.

HAGERSTOWN, Md.The Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown opened its doors Saturday after nearly three years of construction, and hundreds of locals gathered to celebrate.

Officials are hoping the new Alice Virginia & David W. Fletcher branch library will help draw people into the downtown area.

Several guests, including Mayor of Hagerstown David Gysberts and Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael Busch, spoke of the library's role in revitalizing downtown Hagerstown.

"I think it's the anchor of downtown Hagerstown, quite candidly,” said Busch. “I think this is going to be the key to growth in Hagerstown. I think it's going to help people come downtown. I think it's going to help the restaurants [and] businesses.”

As people filed into the library, many headed towards one of the most popular destinations: the children’s area.

"I just think this library is just amazing," said library visitor Nate Walter.

Several visitors were quick to point out the library's improvements.

"This one is much brighter,” said library visitor Susan Thompson. “I think it's much nicer for people to come and sit and enjoy. There are lovely places to sit and read and it's a great community resource."

The library is open every day of the week. 

Mon - Thu: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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