Saturday, July 19, 2014
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
Friday U.S. Senator Tim Kaine hit Roanoke early with five stops on his calendar. His fourth stop that evening was at a reception at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Center in the Square. At one point Kaine when talking about how he became aware of his own segregated life and paused as his emotions got the better of him.
Kaine praised Charles Price, Executive Director of the Harrison Museum. “Cultural institutions have been especially challenging in recent years … it’s a heavy burden – a labor of love” that has dedicated people taking on the challenge.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine with Cabell Brand
Kaine talked about reading a b
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
River Laker Statement: “It is with a degree of sadness that I announce my resignation as Resource Development Coordinator at Roanoke Public Libraries, effective September 24, 2012.
In the words of Thoreau, “It seemed to me that I had several more lives to live.” And so, I am moving on.
The past 5 years have been a thrilling experience transforming how the public interacts with a traditional brick and mortar entity by reinventing identity, brand, activity, value and relevance.
We have created, developed and marketed accessible, engaging, substantial and popular cultural and “quality of life” happenings that have received public and professional acclaim.We have utilized social media, traditional media and grassroots methodologies to achieve cultural promotion and have expanded the influence of Roanoke Public Libraries by creating multi-industry and cross-industry project driven ollaborations.
It has been a particular pleasure working with Sheila Umberger, Director of Roanoke Public Libraries, a phenomenal leader.
I wish the best to Roanoke Public Libraries and all the staff within. And a big shout out to the citizens of Roanoke, who have embraced the changes within Roanoke Public Libraries and truly recognized that our library system is one of the best!”
Laker’s striptease act at 202 Market in downtown Roanoke in February 2011 brought the nightspot an ABC fine and caused Roanoke City Libraries heartburn. Laker later challenged a reprimand by libraries director Sheila Umberger in January in court saying he had been relegated to a more subdued role at the library. The reprimand was said to be a result of Laker posting a video on their website without permission. Laker lost his challenge in court and city manager Chris Morrill did not intervene sighting policy and personnel matter.