The Ocean City branch of the Worcester County Library is set to have a new roof installed after the current roof was damaged in a storm last August. The library is now serving visitors on a walk-in basis, but some covid-19 restrictions are still in place.

The Ocean City branch of the Worcester County Library is getting a new roof in time for the upcoming hurricane season and as the county relaxes some covid-19 restrictions.

The $120,000 contract to replace the roof will be awarded to Dynamic General Contracting, per the Worcester County Commissioners’ decision last Tuesday. The funding will come mostly from the Local Government Insurance Trust, with the county on the hook for $6,108 of the total cost.

The 3,900-square-foot roof, constructed in 2007 with the rest of the building, was damaged last August when Tropical Storm Isaias hit Ocean City.

As of Tuesday, the contract had yet to be finalized.

“(The) completion date in the bid is June 9,” said Public Works Director John Tustin. “Hopefully we can issue notice to proceed ASAP once (the) contract is fully executed”

The project will fix the damage inflicted by a windstorm last year, said county Library Director Jennifer Ranck.

Jennifer Ranck

Worcester County Library Director Jennifer Ranck

A memo addressed to the county commissioners from Public Works Director John Tustin said it is “paramount” to complete the repairs before the next hurricane season.

The library on 100th Street is not yet completely back to normal operations, but since March 15 individuals do not have to make an appointment to visit the library, which they had to do for much of the pandemic.

“Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Ranck said. “You can check out books, have us help you with copies, printouts, that sort of thing.”

The ability to hold group meetings has not yet returned for library patrons, Ranck said, which allows the library to quarantine returned items.

“We hold items for 48 hours, which is per the Maryland State Health Department,” Ranck said. “Once they’ve been sitting for 48 hours we put them back into rotation.”

The library lists on its website a 2021-2024 “Strategic Plan,” which outlines the goals the library wishes to meet over the next three years.

Some of the goals are:

— Creating a system-wide calendar of displays and complementary programming to promote the diversity of its physical collections.

— Promote online collections, including library databases and local history collection.

— Demonstrate how a robust materials budget supports lifelong learning and family engagement.

—Continue to offer and evaluate virtual programs.

— Champion early childhood learning experiences.

— Expand teen programming.

The Ocean City branch, located at 10003 Coastal Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

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