Charles County Public Library Timeline
County Homemakers Clubs and County Extension Agent P.D. Brown establish first county library. Occupying a single room on the 2nd floor in the old county jail on Washington Avenue in La Plata, its book collection on loan from Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Library closes during World War II.
Library reopens, occupying entire old jail building; supported through private donations and Homemakers Clubs’ fundraising.
State governor appoints first Board of Library Trustees for Charles County. P. D. Brown elected president of Board. Library organized and head librarian hired.
Plans for new facility begin. Bookmobile is purchased and Outreach services established under Board’s direction with assistance of Supervisor of Public Libraries for the State of Maryland.
Library moves to east wing of La Plata courthouse.
Citizens group plans for library in Indian Head area. Waldorf “book station” is established in new Garretson’s Jewelry Store on corner of Routes 5 and 925.
Library Services Act makes federal funds available to improve library services in rural areas.
Glymont Branch Library opens in Potomac Heights, Indian Head. Bookmobile services replace book station in Waldorf. Southern Maryland Regional Library Association (SMRLA) is formed with Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert County libraries under its directorship. SMRLA facilities shared with La Plata Library.
New bookmobile is purchased. Old bookmobile, placed on cinder blocks near Waldorf Drug Store (present location of Tri-County Federal Savings and Loan Bank), becomes Waldorf Branch Library.
Present-day La Plata Branch Library at corner of Charles St. and Garrett Ave. opens.
Waldorf Branch Library moves to larger space in Annapolis Federal Building on Rt. 301.
Bryans Road Branch Library is established in storefront on backside of the new Bryans Road Shopping Center.
Waldorf Branch Library moves to larger spaces in St. Charles Office Building on Post Office Road.
Present-day P.D. Brown Memorial Branch Library opens in Waldorf’s Smallwood Village Shopping Center.
Glymont Branch Library moves to storefront on corner of Glymont Road and Rt. 210.
Bryans Road Branch Library moves to storefront on front side of Bryans Road Shopping Center.
Present-day Outreach Van Services to daycare providers and homebound customers are initiated.
New SMRLA facility in Charlotte Hall opens.
Automated catalog and circulation systems are initiated.
Glymont Branch Library closes. Card catalog system is discontinued.
Non-profit Friends of the Library support group incorporates.
Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert Counties appoint individual Directors to head their libraries and reaffirm their association with SMRLA as the Southern Maryland Resource Center for the three counties.
Bryans Road Branch Library closes. Outreach van is replaced. Cobb Island “book station” is established on volunteer basis. Internet access becomes available at all branches.
Potomac Branch Library on Ruth B. Swann Dr. opens; replaces Glymont and Bryans Road branches.
PD Brown Memorial Branch undergoes renovation.
Citizens for the Charles County Public Library, Inc (C4CCPL) is established. Since their inception in June, 2002, they have provided more than a quarter of a million dollars in funds to the Charles County Libraries.
The Waldorf West Branch opens.
The current Mobile Library vehicle is put into service. The Mobile Library vehicle purchase was made possible by support from the Charles County Commissioners, our Board of Trustees, and a generous donation from the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library, Inc.
The SOAR Space opens at Waldorf West. SOAR stands for “Securing Opportunities, Aspirations Realized” and is a meeting space designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses filled with equipment and software to help them reach their goals.
The Drop the Mic Recording Studio opens at the PD Brown Memorial branch. The studio is a full scale professional recording studio with a sound booth, microphones, and recording and mixing equipment.
CCPL celebrates a century of public service!