Message from Board President Tom Dernoga

The Friends of the Laurel Library and the County Friends of the Library have provided comments to County Executive Rushern Baker during his recent budget listening tour. 

Overall, library funding has suffered due to the fiscal crisis that started in 2008. Staff has been reduced and hours have been cut. With new library branches having just opened or about to be opened, additional funding is critical to having the quality of libraries that we see in other counties. While funding has slowed in recent years, library use has increased dramatically. Additional funding is needed to maintain a quality system. 

Please write to (or call) County Executive Rushern Baker at (301-952-3141), 

and to our Councilwoman Mary Lehman at (301-952-3887) to urge them to allocate more funds for the County library system.  

Tom Dernoga, President  
Friends of the Laurel Library

Officers and Board Members

Board Meetings are usually the third Monday of each Month 7pm at the Laurel Library Staff Conference Room


  • Thomas Dernoga - President​

  • Pat Behenna - Membership

  • Theresa Held - Vice President

  • Phill Wilder - Treasurer

  • Zakiyyah Holmes - Member​

  • Emily Moser - Member

  • Mike DiFilippo - Secretary & Webmaster

  • Karin Luoma - Laurel Assistant Branch Manager