Thursday, December 02, 2010

Westover Hills Library Reopened December 6

We're so glad the Westover Hills Library is open again!

Westover Hills Library closed for renovation in April 2010, and reopened on December 6, 2010 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

Since the library was first opened in 1959, it has been an important neighborhood gathering spot. The library is shown on the left as the building was gutted and re-construction began.

Now the neighborhood can return to one of their favorite spots. Within the same four walls, the building now looks completely different.

The reopening ceremony included remarks from Mayor Jones and Council President Kathy Graziano, and help with cutting the ribbon from students from Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary.

The building has completely new furniture, new plantings outside, a new roof, and a whole new look. As I was in the building in the weeks prior to the re-opening, it was interesting to me that many of the people that stopped by (thinking the library was open for business) had never been to this library before. The library had been almost invisible, even though on a busy street.

Now with new signs on the outside to clearly identify the building, and large windows that allow you to see into the attractive building, it looks like a place you want to go into and see who's there. Join us soon at the re-newed Westover Hills Library, 1408 Westover Hills Boulevard. The library is open Monday and Wednesday from noon - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00-6:00; Saturday from 10:00-5:00.

Thanks to the City of Richmond for investing $800,000 in its public libraries through this renovation project. Thanks also to the Friends of the Library for funding the "Re-new at your library" gifts for the first 500 visitors to the re-opened Westover Hills Library, and thanks to the Library Foundation for a gift of $4,000 to purchse new books for Westover Hills.

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