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LEED Silver Certification building, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch at Hagerstown, Maryland

Serving Washington County, Maryland, and the Cumberland Valley since 1898, the Washington County Free Library System is dedicated to serving the personal, educational, and professional information needs of our communities. WCFL promotes community enrichment and economic vitality by providing information and library materials in a variety of formats.

Founders of America's first bookmobile and the second oldest county-wide library system in the United States, we are proud of our years of service and innovation.

Governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees, WCFL is pledged to helping government, business, education, and community leaders reach Washington County's vision of excellence.

The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Library branch of the Washington County Free Library was designed as a state of the art educational center for the citizens of Washington County. The design and construction focused on creating a comfortable space for staff and visitors with an emphasis on sustainable building materials and energy efficiency.

The Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification rating system was created to promote environmental responsibility and the construction of green buildings. This library building was designed to achieve the LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

For more information about energy savings happening at the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch, visit our LEED dashboard to see how much energy we're saving today!

Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301.739.3250

Director Jenny BakosThe Administration Office's responsibility is to carry out the Mission Statement of the Library.


The Washington County Free Library is committed to building a strong, interconnected, diverse community by bringing people, information and ideas together.


Washington County will be a vibrant, collaborative, educated and diverse community.


If you are interested in volunteering at the library, contact the Administration Office at Central, or the Branch Manager at your local library, to obtain a Volunteer Application. PDF icon * * Volunteer Application * *
The Washington County Free Library participates in the Board of Education 75 hour Student Service Learning. Applications for student service learning hours are available at the Administration Office of Central Library, or at your local branch. We encourage you to perform your Student Service Learning hours at the branch closest to your high school.  * * Volunteer Teen Application * *

Library Administration

  • Executive Director: Jenny Bakos
  • Director of Public Services : Kathleen O'Connell
  • Director of Operations: Jennifer Keysor
  • Director of the Western Maryland Regional Library: Elizabeth Hulett
  • Business Manager: Sara McCall
  • Human Resources: Frances Lockley
  • Public Relations: Sarah Nadeau

Department Heads

  • Information Services: Shannon Kraushaar
  • Youth Services: Jeff Ridgeway
  • Circulation: Mary Lachemann
  • Branch Services: Lisa Key 
  • Collection Management: Kaitlin Thornberry
  • Information Technology: Ian Seibert
  • Bookmobile and Outreach Services: Laura Schnackenberg
  • Security: Dasha' Johnson 


Compensation Strategy and Compression Study

BOT President Stephen Schuette
Mr. Stephen Schutte
Term Expires 2028

BOT VP Kimberly Hasley
Vice President
Kimberly Hasley
Term Expires 2026
BOT Treasurer Al Martin

Al Martin
Term Expires 2024
Aaron Peteranecz
Aaron Peteranecz
Term Expires 2026
BOT Katherine Oliver
Katharine Oliver
Term Expires 2028

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Kristine McGee
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Zachary Kieffer
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Laurie Bender
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Judith Chambers
Term Expires 2026

Please see the WCFL Board Meeting Procedures for information about board meetings and public comment.

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 12pm-2pm.

Meeting Agenda