Friends project, state funding boost Shepherdstown library

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Shepherdstown’s tiny public library has been awarded a big chunk of funding from the West Virginia Library Commission.

Officials in Shepherdstown plan to use the $25,000 in the effort to construct a larger library just outside of downtown.

Meanwhile, the nonprofit Friends of Shepherdstown Library is seeking donations for its book sale fundraiser set for May 10 through 12.

Organizers are looking for donations of new and used adult fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, children’s books and other print materials. The group will not accept encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, textbooks, computer manuals or magazines.

Those interested in helping may drop off books at the War Memorial Building at the corner of King and German streets in Shepherdstown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8, 9 and 10.

Anyone in need of information on arranging pickup or dropoff of larger donations may contact Larry Blash at 304-876-2924 or

The FOSL’s annual book sale raises essential funds for the library. Organizers note that all proceeds go to the library’s programs and services.

In addition to the $25,000 awarded to Shepherdstown’s library, seven other construction and renovation projects across the state also won supplemental grants from the state last week.

Those projects include Pleasants County Public Library ($20,165), the Durbin branch of Pocahontas County Free Libraries and Valley Head Library ($20,000 each), Cabell County Public Library ($19,663), and Belington Public Library, Keyser-Mineral County Public Library and Mountaintop Public Library in Tucker County ($10,000 each).

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