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Commemorate and Celebrate: Westernport Library’s 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

Join us on January 26th at 6 PM for a Zoom Event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Westernport Library.  In 1970, the Westernport Library opened at its current location, 66 Main Street.  Although plans for an in-person celebration in the Spring of 2020 had to be postponed, this important milestone in the library’s history should be celebrated and we want the community to celebrate with us! 

This virtual celebration will include former and current employees of the Westernport Library, The Allegany County Library System Director, John Taube, members of the Westernport Historical Society, and longtime residents of the area.  Participants will share some of the history of the library and their personal stories and memories.  After the speakers, members of the public are invited to share your own memories of what the Westernport Library has meant to you over the years or ask questions.  The event will be recorded and posted to the library’s YouTube channel.

Those interested in attending the Zoom event can register below.  Instructions on how to join the Zoom event will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event.  

Please contact the Westernport Library at 301-359-0455 if you have any questions about the event.

View Newspaper Archives about the Westernport Library Below:

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, May 22, 1968 – Plans for Westernport’s Library Progress; Work May Start This Fall

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, July 3, 1968 – Grant of Appalachia Fund Assures Modern Library for Westernport

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, October 16, 1968 – Architect Displays Model and Plan for New Library for Westernport

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, January 15, 1969 – Westernport Library Plans to be Ready February 2

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, April 23, 1969 – Break Ground for Westernport Library

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, May 14, 1969 – To Honor Mrs. Nellie McCoy On Retirement From Library

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, June 18, 1969 – Mrs. McCoy, Westernport Librarian, Is Honored At Retirement Dinner

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, February 18, 1970 – Library Dedication This Sunday

The Piedmont Herald, Thursday, February 19, 1970 – Westernport Library Dedication Planned

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday February 25, 1970 – New Library Opened at Westernport

The Piedmont Herald, Wednesday, June 23, 1971 – Council to Donate Land to Library

The Piedmont Herald archives accessed through:

West Virginia Newspapers Portal

A free portal for accessing digitized newspapers published in West Virginia, including the PSC student newspaper, The Pasquino. Digitized newspapers from Mineral County for the late 1800s to recent decades powered by Potomac State College library, the Mary F. Shipper Library. Questions can be directed to the Mary F. Shipper Library information desk at 304-788-6901.