Elkridge bookworms soon to get spacious accommodations ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

August 09, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Mimi Trevey recently visited the one-room Elkridge Community Library and couldn't find any books that interested her. She figures her chances of finding her favorite authors will increase dramatically once the Elkridge Branch Library opens in two weeks.

"It'll have a lot more variety," the Elkridge woman said. "They'll have more authors' works."

The new library, at 6540 Washington Blvd., will open Monday, Aug. 23, replacing the storefront facility that has served Elkridge for the past five years. The community library closed today.

"It's kind of a steppingstone from a bookmobile to a branch," said Louise Riemer, coordinator of special services and volunteer services.

The $1.5 million library will offer expanded hours and services, including a computer system, meeting room, and story-hour room for children.

It will feature about 40,000 books compared to the roughly 3,000 available at the community library.

Before, patrons often had to reserve books that were checked out, or wait a week until they arrived from other branches. Some even visited libraries in Catonsville and Arbutus to get the materials they needed.

"We were really operating at a handicap," Ms. Riemer said.

Patrons will also be able to borrow compact discs, audiotapes and videotapes. And unlike the former library, the new one will have a computer system for catalog, reference and circulation. "We had to do it by hand before," Ms. Riemer said.

The 15,500-square-foot library replicates the Savage Branch Library layout, offering a meeting room that holds about 70 people. The new library will be open Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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