Monday, March 9, 2009

Gainsboro Library Ribbon Cutting

Gainsboro Library

Gainsboro Library

 This morning over 100 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Gainsboro library. Many were students from Lincoln Terrace and Roanoke Catholic schools. Mayor Bowers performed the ribbon cutting with every member of Council standing by in the crowd. Also attending was Congressman Goodlatte’s aide, Pete Larkin and Sheriff Octavia Johnson.

Sheila Umberger, director of the Roanoke public library system gave kudos to her staff as well as the city’s engineers who worked on last minute details up until the arrival of guests at 10:00 AM this morning. The Reverend E. T. Burton, pastor of Sweet Union Baptist Church gave the invocation.

Carla Lewis, Gainsboro’s branch manager was “so excited.” She sported a smile that did not leave her face the entire time. Lewis took me into the computer room that will serve as an after school  teen center. She said the room will be available during the day for teaching resume and job application writing. Computer classes are also being offered that will  teach use of email and the Internet. Lewis said, “she can’t express in words how she feels today.”

Immediately after the ribbon cutting noted author Carole Boston Weatherford spoke followed by a PBS film showing “Finding Oprah’s Roots.” Thursday evening from 6 – 8 PM is “Cafe Night” that hosts a jazz band and poetry reading. Friday at 10:00 AM is “Wii Gaming for Seniors.”

Thursday’s Cafe Night includes Al Holland, 93 years old, who tells stories of African-American elders. Holland said “I’ll be there this Thursday” and before leaving began to recite a story about Garrett Morgan who invented the technology that was the basis for the modern-day traffic signal. Holland then recounted the story of Charles Drew who discovered a way to preserve blood by separating the liquid red blood cells from the near solid plasma and freezing the two separately to later reconstitute it and extract the blood plasma. Holland said these are but a few of the stories he shares at “Cafe Night.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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