- Dec 12, 2018
Anne Arundel County Public Library officials said they were “disappointed and angered” Thursday night by the discovery that a sign installed for the new Annapolis branch misspelled the first name of Michael E. Busch, the late Maryland speaker of the house.
Library system leaders reluctantly agreed to name the $24 million library for Busch, who died in April 2019, after coming under pressure from public officials who wanted to honor one of the most powerful lawmakers ever elected from Anne Arundel County.
A stone sign on West Street installed Thursday both feature the name “Micheal Busch” and “Annapolis Library,” while the metal sign atop the library has unusual space.
Christine Feldmann, a spokeswoman for the library, said staff members discovered the mistake Thursday and a contractor covered up the sign a short time later. She was unsure of the cost, saying the contract was handled by the county.
“The misspelling was an error on the part of the manufacturer and we are working to get it fixed immediately,” Feldmann said. “We sincerely apologize to the Busch family for the mistake.”
The library worked with project architect WGM Architecture and Interiors of Annapolis to select the design for the sign in late January, Feldman said.
Feldman identified the manufacturer as KaRon Masonry of Laurel. The company could not be reached for comment.