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Pittsville Neighbors Request A New, Larger Library Location

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The library is one of three within Wicomico County, but the other two are in Salisbury.  Executive Director Ashley Teagle says the library serves 1,465 in Pittsville, but 946 of them have a library card.

Neighbor Dawn Toner says it's vital to have a bigger space for local businesses to meet, kids to read and more parking for community members.

"This is the time for us. We've been sitting on that list, we've been waiting," Toner said. 

The new library's land acquisition and design fees are listed in the 2022 capital improvement budget for Wicomico County, with construction slated for 2023.  But County Executive Bob Culver says that may not happen. 

"I don't see it happening this year, next year or any time real quick," Culver said. 

Culver says the entire project would exceed $4 million, so it's a big ask for a small community.

"There's not enough money to go around to get everything everybody wants. So at the same time we're going to do what we can and go one step at a time," Culver said. 

But Toner says the community of Pittsville is not the only one to use the eastern location.  Willards, Parsonsburg and other surrounding areas visit the library for resources. 

Toner says the location is simply being outgrown with the large demand.

"These ladies here use every nook and cranny that they can possibly use other than the restroom to put books, carols, they put out programs for the kids," Toner said. 

Toner and other neighbors are planning to speak about their concerns for the library at Culver's next town hall meeting on August 21 at the Parsonsburg Fire Department.

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