Gov. McAuliffe vetoes redirection of abandoned court funds away from Literary Fund

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Del. Roxann Robinson’s (R-27) House Bill 577, which would have allowed funds that are abandoned in certain types of court cases to be directed to the Virginia Housing Trust Fund. Governor McAuliffe is a strong supporter of the Housing Trust Fund, but determined that the legislation violates the constitutional requirement that […]

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First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe Feed and Read at Roanoke Main Library

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe Feed and Read at Roanoke Main Library

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and representatives from No Kid Hungry joined children at the Roanoke Main Library today to celebrate the local Feed and Read program and the Library of Virginia’s statewide support for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). “In Virginia, only 13 percent of children who receive a free or reduced-price lunch during […]

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Roanoke City Library hours starting July 1st

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roanoke City Library hours starting July 1st

Roanoke City announces that beginning tomorrow, July 1, the Roanoke Public Libraries will permanently expand our hours of operation at most branches to allow better access to the public.         The new hours are: ……………………Mon.      Tue.     Wed.     Thu.     Fri.       Sat.       […]

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Main Roanoke Library closes October 28

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Roanoke Public Libraries Main Library branch will close for renovation starting on Monday, Oct. 28. The 61-year-old library building is slated for a complete renovation to the first floor and mezzanine, providing a state-of-the-art facility to the Library System. Many new services and enhancements will be added including self check-out areas, flexible collaborative rooms, a Children’s Mezzanine, family restrooms, […]

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Where to park as Bullitt Avenue closes

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where to park as Bullitt Avenue closes

New On-Street Parking Added in Anticipation of Bullitt Avenue Closure  As the Elmwood Park Renovation Project moves forward, the City of Roanoke is keeping downtown businesses apprised of changes due to park construction. Melinda Mayo the city’s Public Information Officer informed Downtown Roanoke Inc. that construction will close Bullitt Avenue on the morning of March […]

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A good way to endear yourself to the media

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A good way to endear yourself to the media

Was that nails on chalkboard I heard as I read Vice Mayor Court Rosen’s commentary in The Roanoke Times? Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners and media types at the hour of our death. Amen. “Information regarding city government in the media is often brief and covers the most controversial issues. I […]

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River Laker resigns post at Roanoke Public Library

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

River Laker resigns post at Roanoke Public Library

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 […]

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Revised library plan will invest in neighborhood branches

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Revised library plan will invest in neighborhood branches

Say good-bye to the 30,000 square foot “super branch” and hello to your new and improved neighborhood library branch. The 11-acre parcel on Peters Creek Road near the Cove Road intersection was purchased by former city manager Darlene Burcham for $795,000 in October of 2009. It was to serve the northwest area as a “super […]

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City council ponders libraries and eBooks

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

City council ponders libraries and eBooks

Use your iPad, iPhone, DROID, Kindle, NOOK and go to the library from your couch. On Monday director of libraries Sheila Umberger counted down to the opening of Roanoke City Public Libraries eBook website. As of 10:00 a.m. June 6, 1500 eBooks were ready for checkout. Roanoke library cardholders can search and download (check out) […]

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Libraries and meeting room usage topics at Board of Supervisors meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Libraries and meeting room usage topics at Board of Supervisors meeting

Diana Rosapepe, Library Director prepared a video at Tuesday’s Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meeting depicting the depressed state of the Glenvar library. The cost estimate for the new 15,000 square foot library is $6 million. Dawn Hyatt, Assistant County Administrator confirmed that there was enough money in the capital reserve to cover the cost. […]

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“Hot Dog” Mayor dedicates art sculptures at the Gainsboro branch library – video

Friday, November 6, 2009

“Hot Dog” Mayor dedicates art sculptures at the Gainsboro branch library - video

The Colorado sculptor, Madeline Wiener was picked from four of 85 applicants to create a “Reading Garden” for the Gainsboro Branch library. She had a beautiful sunny fall day for the dedication of her smooth sandstone sculptures Thursday afternoon. Wiener credited community involvement that enabled her to get to know about the history of the […]

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Roanoke City’s full-service library in high-traffic location

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Roanoke City's full-service library in high-traffic location

Tuesday afternoon huddled under tents with rain dripping between cracks an enthusiastic gathering of officials and library supporters listen to details for a full-service library. The location at 2903 Peters Creek road is comprised of two parcels equaling a little over 11 acres. The cost as best as Brian Townsend, assistant city manager could recall […]

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