Thursday, May 11, 2017

Public Notice: MD Dept of Housing & Community Development public hearings on draft annual plan

Public Notice (PDF)

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has shared the following public notice:


The Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State's Consolidated Plan.

Please see the document linked above for details.

The first set of hearings on the development of the draft Annual Plan will be held in 4 locations:

  • Towson, MD - Tues. May 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Denton, MD - Wed. May 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cumberland, MD - Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Owings, MD - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:430 a.m.

The Cumberland meeting will take place at the Allegany County Office Complex, 701 Kelly Road, Potomac Room 230.

The Lewis J Ort library is a depository for Maryland State Documents as well as a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Maryland depository, we receive public notices such as the one featured above.  These notices are posted to a designated bulletin board on the  2nd floor of the Ort Library, but will also be posted regularly to the Ort Library Blog.  If  you would also like to be added to an e-mail distribution list in order to receive information about future public notices, please contact Lisa Hartman, Government Documents Coordinator at lahartman@frostburg.edu or (301) 687-4734.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Extended Library Hours for End of Semester

The Lewis J. Ort Library will offer extended hours of service for the last week of classes and final exam week beginning this Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Dates and hours are listed below. They are also posted online at http://libguides.frostburg.edu/libhours. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. We also offer 24/7 online chat reference service through Maryland AskUsNow! at http://www.askusnow.info.

Spring 2017 Extended Library Hours Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 15 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 18 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 19 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 22 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 7:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday, May 24 – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25 – COMMENCEMENT DAY – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 26 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, May 28 – CLOSED
  • Monday, May 29 – MEMORIAL DAY – CLOSED

Library Summer Hours:
Monday through Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays – CLOSED
Sundays – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


We wish you all the best in finishing out the semester!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Multimedia Presentation Room



Need to practice an upcoming group presentation? The Ort Library offers the Multimedia Presentation Room on the 2nd floor of the library to assist you with practicing for your presentation. 

The Multimedia Presentation Room allows students to practice a presentation utilizing the same equipment you would see in the classrooms on campus. 

The Multimedia Presentation Room is also equipped with a large LCD monitor for watching DVDs for class assignments.

If you have any questions about using the Multimedia Presentation Room, please see a librarian at the Reference Desk.  

To access the Presentation Room, please check the key out from the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Library. 




New Library Displays for May 2017

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present three new displays in the library.

On the 5th floor is the celebration of the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy (JFK), who was born in May 1917. The display provides biographical information about JFK and includes some of the books that the library has on our 35th President of the United States.

The 4th floor of the library has a display on the history of the American Red Cross, including information on the co-founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton. The display provides some history of the organization and includes some of the resources the library has on the organization.

The final display is on the 3rd floor. This display celebrates Mother Goose Day on May 1st. This display highlights the history of "Mother Goose", including that some of the nursery rhymes may go back to the 10th century. The display also highlights some of the resources we have in the library on Mother Goose, including a Chinese Mother Goose book, a Muppets Mother Goose book, and a French Mother Goose book.

These displays will be up through the end of May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Theresa Mastrodonato at tmmastrodonato@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4425.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Public Notice: Alternative 4 Modified - Interchange Roundabouts with Local and Relocated US 219


Public Notice (PDF)

The Maryland Department of Transportation and State Highway Administration has shared the following public notice:

Alternative 4 Modified - Interchange Roundabouts with Local and Relocated US 219

The text of this notice may be read at the link above.

A public hearing was held on February 6, 2017 at Grantsville Elementary School. The transcript of this hearing may be viewed at this link: http://www.us219northmd.com/transcript.html

The transcript may also be viewed at the following locations:

SHA District 6
1251 Vocke Rd.
LaVale, MD 21502
Telephone: 301-729-8400
Toll Free: 1-800-760-7138

Ruth Enlow Library-Grantsville
102 Parkview Dr.
Grantsville, MD 21536
Telephone: 301-895-5298

Grantsville Municipal Building
171 Hill St.
Grantsville, MD 21536
Telephone: 301-895-3144

SHA Keyser’s Ridge Complex
3876 National Pike
Accident, MD 21520
Telephone: 1-888-754-0209

The Lewis J Ort library is a depository for Maryland State Documents as well as a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Maryland depository, we receive public notices such as the one featured above.  These notices are posted to a designated bulletin board on the  2nd floor of the Ort Library, but will also be posted regularly to the Ort Library Blog.  If  you would also like to be added to an e-mail distribution list in order to receive information about future public notices, please contact Lisa Hartman, Government Documents Coordinator at lahartman@frostburg.edu or (301) 687-4734.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Money Smart Week - Financial Literacy Presentation




In recognition of Money Smart Week, the Ort Library is pleased to be hosting a presentation by FSU's Director of Financial Aid, Angela Hovatter. Ms. Hovatter will discuss how FICO credit scores impact students, how what students do now could affect their future, student loans and the importance of saving money.
When & Where
Wednesday, April 26
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Ort Library
Library Instruction Center

Money Smart Week takes place from Saturday, April 22, through Saturday, April 29. It originated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.  Since then, the Federal Reserve has teamed up with libraries, schools, businesses and other organizations to help consumers manage their personal finances. 

Please feel free to visit our online guide to Money Smart Week as well at http://libguides.frostburg.edu/moneysmartweek.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fake News and more - Join our lunchtime roundtable on Monday!

The Lewis J. Ort Library, Communication Leadership Lab, and the J. Glenn Beall Jr. Institute for Public Affairs invite you to a light lunch and a lively discussion at:



This roundtable discussion will include faculty from the Ort Library and the Departments of Communication< Computer Science, English, Geography, Philosophy, and Political Science.

When and where?

Monday, April 24
12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lane Center, Atkinson Room
Light lunch fare will be served.

The goals of this discussion are to share observations and best practices for choosing reliable news and research materials, to disrupt “bias bubbles” and algorithms that block the view of shared facts and reality and to improve communications online and in person about source credibility.

We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact  Lisa Hartman (lahartman@frostburg.edu, 301-687-4734)  or Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski (elruminski@frostburg.edu, 301-687-4480).





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CLA Presents Poetry Reading by Multi-Prize Winner Blumenthal in the Library



The FSU Center for Literary Arts will present a poetry reading by poet Michael Blumenthal on Wednesday April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lewis J. Ort Library. The reading is free and open to the public.
Blumenthal is a poet, author and professor at West Virginia University. He has written a collection of prize-winning books of poetry, including “Sympathetic Magic” (1980), “Laps” (1984), “Dusty Angle” (1999), “And Poems” (2009) and “No Hurry Poems 1000-1012” (2012). He is a graduate of Cornell Law School and formerly director of Creative Writing at Harvard University.
Blumenthal is also a notable fiction and nonfiction author. His novel, “Weinstock Among the Dying” (1993) won the Ribalow Prize for Best Work of Jewish Fiction. His nonfiction works include “He When History Enters the House: Essays From Central Europe” (1998), a collection of short essays he wrote during his years in that region; “All My Mothers and Fathers: A Memoir” (2002); “Just Three Minutes Please: Thinking Around on Public Radio” (2013); and “Because They Needed Me: The Incredible Life of Rita Miljo and Her Struggle to Save the Baboons of South Africa” (2015).
For info, contact the Center for Literary Arts (CLA) at cla@frostburg.edu or 301-687-4340.

The text here is "clipped" from the article in the April 17, 2017 issue of FSU StateLines.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Celebrate National Library Week (April 9 - 15)


Each year the National Library Association celebrates National Library Week. It is a way for everyone to recognize the work that library's do to support their communities and research. The Ort Library is a place for learning.  Whether it is taking library instruction classes, working on the computers, or studying in one of the many study rooms, the Ort Library has everything you need to help you study and learn.
This year's display for National Library Week highlights what the staff of the Ort Library believes we are expert in; what our staff believes we excel in.  

Now we want to hear from you.

  • What do you believe the Ort Library is expert in? 
  • What do you like the best about the Ort Library?

Please leave your ideas on the easel next to the display. We will share some of these on this blog later this week.

Here are some of the responses we have received so far: