The New Goochland Library

On Saturday January 18, 2003, over 200 volunteers helped move 35,000 items from the old Goochland Branch Library to its new facility at 3075 River Road West.  It was frosty, and there was still snow on the ground from Thursday evening, but parking lots to both buildings had been cleared of snow by late Friday morning.  Library staff had been working hard the previous days to box up books and other items, while still serving our patrons.  Their hard work was rewarded with large numbers of volunteers doing the traditional Pamunkey "book brigade" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hot chocolate and Krispy Kreme donuts were on hand for everyone at what turned out to be a wonderful community event.  Many patrons who volunteered saw books pass through their hands that they didn't even know the library owned.

After the library had its "quiet opening" the following Monday, the new Goochland Library at 3075 River Road West has been jumping!  During the first six weeks of operation, they signed up over 360 new patrons, their circulation and Internet use increased, and Storytime attendance has doubled, even tripled!

On Sunday March 9, 2003, the staff of the Goochland Branch Library was joined by local dignitaries, invited guests, and over 250 county citizens to celebrate the grand opening of the new branch library.  Library Director Fran Freimarck, Goochland Supervisor Rudy Butler, Delegate Bill Janis, and Earl Dickinson made brief remarks then joined Library Trustee Angela Valentine and Branch Manager Janet Melton for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Library Board and Friends of the Goochland Library Chairperson Pat Atherholt invited everyone into the library for musical performances the Byrd Elementary School Third and Fourth Grade Singers and the Goochland Community Chorus and for refreshments provided by Edie's Gourmet Catering.  The new Bookmobile was on hand for tours by attendees, who also received souvenir bookmarks.

Below are some photos commemorating each event:

Volunteers at the library at 2931 River Road West

Volunteers among the books and boxes

The Book Brigade

Staff in front of the old library

The new library and grounds

The children's section, with murals by local artist Patti Rosner.

The Storytime Well

Internet stations at the new library

The meeting room at the new library

One of our young volunteers handing out programs

American Legion Post 215 begin the program with the presentation of the U.S. flag.

Our new Bookmobile

Members of the Byrd Elementary School Third and Fourth Grade Singers

The program audience awaits the next speaker.

Delegate Bill Janis delivers his remarks as Library Director Fran Freimarck looks on


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