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Posted on: February 13, 2019

Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library

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The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library is a community destination providing spaces, resources and activities that promote literacy, lifelong learning and community connection for everyone. The Library reaches out to provide materials and services where they’re needed in the community. 

With programs for expectant mothers to various collaborations with the Harrison County Senior Center, the Library truly serves all ages and interests. The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library is an essential asset to the community it serves. The Library is a place where anyone can learn something new, get help with a job search, find accurate information, get help with using computers and technology, an opportunity to introduce a child to a lifetime of reading and learning, join a book club, submit a passport application, be in a space that is welcoming, and be a part of a community. At this time of the year, making tax applications available to community members is a large part of the Library’s ability to meet community members’ everyday needs. 

The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library started as a one-room library in 1907 in the Waldomore, which was built in 1842 and used as a private residence for more than 80 years. In 1930, Waldomore was donated to the City of Clarksburg by May Goff Lowndes to be used as a library and museum. The Waldomore location was home to the Clarksburg Public Library from 1931 until a current library building was completed in 1975. The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library occupies the two (2) locations on West Pike Street, as the Waldomore continues to be maintained as a repository that houses local history, archives, genealogy collections, and serves as a research library with assistance available to those studying in specialty areas. 

One special collection that is housed as the Waldomore includes the papers of Gray Barker, a writer from Braxton County, WV, who lived in Clarksburg. Barker wrote about UFOs and other paranormal phenomena. The idea of “Men in Black” was introduced by Barkers book They Knew Too Much. Both domestic and international researchers travel to Clarksburg to visit the unique, Gray Barker collection. 

The 1975 library building, that houses the main library now, was designed by architects Marcel Breuer and Hamilton Smith. The building provides library goers a natural lit atmosphere and includes lovely outdoor patios. The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library features a design similar to the Atlanta Central Public Library, a sister library also designed by Breuer. The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library has visitors that specifically come to see the architecture designed by Breuer, and the furniture also designed by him, including the iconic, Breuer Cantilever chairs. 

Both the Clarksburg Harrison Public Library and the Waldomore have meeting rooms that can be used by organizations, and provide spaces for educational and cultural programs that are free and open to everyone in the community. The Library’s building has a meeting room that is ideal for organizations to utilize as a gallery space for various art exhibits. Local schools utilize the space in March for Youth Art Month.  

Computers and Wifi are available and the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library is currently working with service providers to increase their bandwidth. E-cards are available to those who are just interested in using the computers and online materials such as eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, videos, and magazines. For Library members who believe they may not be in “good standing” the Library offers a “fresh start card”. Every Friday is fine-free which provides another incentive to those who may have books that are overdue. Library members or potential members can also join the library’s email to list to receive continuous updates on the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library. The Clarksburg- Harrison Public Library does its best to make it as easy as possible for community members to use the library. Library members no longer have to come into the Library to benefit from its resources; magazines, books, audiobooks, and videos are all available through the Library’s website. About a third of the Library’s checkouts are completed online. Having online services is just another example of how the Library can be there to serve you, wherever you are. 

The Library has a five (5) member Board of Trustees. The board meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:00a.m. at the Waldomore. The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library board oversees library services for a service population of 56,600 people while the libraries providing services to the remainder of the county. 

Upcoming events that are scheduled to take place at the Library and Waldomore are: 

Ivory Evenings, Ivory Evenings was started in 2018 by the Cultural Foundation of Harrison County. The Cultural Foundation works with the Library to plan and promote special music concerts that are performed for a small audience. Many of the performances feature pianists playing the Cultural Foundation’s Steinway piano that is housed at the Waldomore. The next Ivory Evenings concert is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00p.m. 

National Library Week will be held April 7th-13th. 

On Saturday, April 6th the Library will offer a Writer’s Workshop with Michael Knost. 

On Monday, April 8th the Wilsonburg Elementary and Salem Elementary school choirs will be performing at 5:30p.m. 

On Friday, May 10th the Community Baby Shower will be held. The Community Baby Shower gives expectant parents the opportunity to learn about resources available in the community for children and families.

A lunchtime book discussion group meets monthly, and more information can be found about the group by contacting the library. 

The Friends of Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library is a support group for the Library that raises funds for upcoming Library projects. The Friends of Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library hosts a book sale which is a very popular event, and the next book sale will be in early May, 2019. The Friends of the Library will also be holding focus groups to assist the Library in having a better understanding of what the public is hoping to receive out of the Library. Those focus groups will be held April 30 at 5:30p.m., May 1 at 10:30a.m., and May 2 at 12:00p.m. For those who would like more information on the focus groups or who are interested in participating in the focus groups for the betterment of the Library, please call Edward at (304) 627-2236 ext. 123. 

The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library located at 404 West Pike Street. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. and Saturday 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. The Waldomore is open Saturday and Monday 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. and Thursday and Friday 12:00p.m.-6:00p.m. For more information on either the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library or the Waldomore please visit the Library’s website.



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