For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011
Lori Crowe, Public Relations Coordinator
757-664-7328 x340; firstname.lastname@example.org
During Construction of Slover Main Library
On January 25, 2011, Mayor Paul Fraim announced that the Batten Foundation has generously increased the Batten gift by an additional $20 million, in the form of a “challenge grant”. Under the terms of the challenge grant, the Batten Foundation’s full match will be achieved provided that a minimum of $4 million of additional contributions and pledges are raised by the newly formed Slover Library Foundation from private entities or individuals.
With the combined Batten donation of $40 million, the money
raised by the Slover Library Foundation, and the City of
Now in the final stages of the building design and planning phase, it is anticipated that ground breaking for the Slover Main Library will begin in early 2012, and that the new library will be completed approximately 18 months later, in late fall 2013. In order to maintain a safe environment during construction for the public and library staff, the current interim main library, Norfolk Main Library, will be closed during the construction of Slover Main Library.
Norfolk Main Library collections will be redistributed to
While Norfolk Main Library is closed, the public will find that many of Norfolk Main Library’s services are also available at the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library. Customers will have access to books, computers, KidZone and Children’s Library, and the Sargeant Memorial Local History and Genealogy Collection at Pretlow Anchor Branch Library. A large number of Norfolk Main Library’s books will also be available at Pretlow Anchor Branch. There is ample parking at Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, and the library is open 7 days a week. The hours are Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
During the closure of the main library, residents of
The library staff
at Norfolk Main Library has been busy since January 2011 with moving library
materials to the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, the 10 branch libraries, and
With the distribution of Norfolk Main Library’s materials
and services to the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library and the neighborhood
branches, the citizens of
For more information about the Slover Main Library project, please call Norman Maas, Library Director, at 441-5910.