by Amy Whitney, Branch Administrator, Thurmont Regional Library/Emmitsburg Branch Library

Thurmont Regional Library Helping You Stay Connected

During November, I try to take the time to examine all the things for which I’m thankful: a loving family, good friends, a beautiful natural setting in which to live, and interesting work. This difficult year has only made me more grateful for all those things! And, while library work looks very different this year, library staff are all working hard to serve our community.

Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) continually update its website to include new services to meet your needs. In October, we added a live-chat service, live online tutoring for students, and a huge variety of virtual programs for all ages.

The service that our customers tell us they miss the most while our building is closed is the ability to come in and browse the collection at their leisure. They miss the serendipity of finding a great new series while they wander the shelves. Our response is to offer you the ability to see a selection of the latest arrivals, our newest books, displayed in the window next to the drive-through book-drop. Just spot a title you want to read in the window, pull up to the drive-through window, ring the bell, and we can have the book ready for you in just a moment! We hope that you’ll discover a new favorite author or series that will help you through this unusual time.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we’re setting up a “Trail Tale” on November 16-21, along the outdoor library trail, which you can access behind the library. Bring your littles and share a story together as you walk the lovely trail through the autumn woods.

Our library staff love helping you connect with the information and materials you need. Please visit and use our “Contact Us” email, or call Thurmont Regional Library, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at 301-600-7200; and Emmitsburg Branch Library on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at 301-600-6329. 

Curbside pickup continues—just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to choose a selection of books for you to come and pick up. While our buildings remain closed, we are grateful we can continue to connect with our community through these services.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Libraries!

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