Pocahontas County Free Libraries is a Winner

2003 National Awards for Museum and Library Service

awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services


The Pocahontas County Free Libraries system serves the 9,000 residents of Pocahontas County through four libraries located strategically throughout the county’s 950-square miles of rugged Allegheny Mountain terrain in Durbin, Marlinton, Green Bank, and Hillsboro, West Virginia.  PCFL is home to the largest West Virginia and Appalachian collection of any small library in the state and has a Heritage Room with local historical materials and facilities for genealogical research.  The Pocahontas Libraries have an extensive oral history archive and play a major role in the county’s veteran’s oral history project.  They have also partnered with local filmmakers.


Commenting on the PCFL accomplishments, local filmmaker, B. J. Sharp-Gudmundsson notes:  “As for innovation, I could say expanding access to new technology, partnering on media and film projects in creating a visual library, and providing hands-on learning through every means possible.  But in truth, the most innovative would be partnering with individuals, exploring possibilities, stepping outside of the box…Thanks to them, our county and its children can peek out of the box and see a brighter, fuller future.”



The Library has partnered with Patchwork Films

on various projects and has provided a location

for many local film screenings.


PCFL sponsored the Patchwork Exhibit

“Do You Remember Cal Price?”

allowing the filmmakers to interview town visitors for their film project on The Pocahontas Times.


As a sponsor of Patchwork’s Play and Film

“An Evening with Cal Price,”

they provided the inspiration and support

for the award-winning feature documentary

–30- Cal Price and The Pocahontas Times

Allen Johnson, Library Director, with

Jane Price Sharp, Supporter and

Editor Emeriti of  The Pocahontas Times,

attend the Award Reception at The White House



Allen Johnson, Director of PCFL

With Steve Fesenmaier of the

West Virginia Library Commission



Award Presentation in Marlinton, WV

Steve Fesenmaier, WVLC

Allen Johnson, PCFL Director

Mrs. Robert Martin, Robert S. Martin, Director IMLS

B. J. Gudmundsson, Filmmaker


Frani Fesenmaier, Allen Johnson,

Agust and B.J. Gudmundsson






Time for a New Sign!




#1 Rural Library

in the United States



Pocahontas County Free Libraries Website