For Immediate Release
Contact: Lori Crowe
Public Relations Coordinator
(757) 664-7328, ext 340
Norfolk, VA, (May 9, 2011) – On Thursday, April 28, 2011 the Virginia Public Library Director’s Association awarded Norfolk Public Library with the Outstanding Program for Seniors Award for the Meet, Learn & Discover Series.
Co-sponsored by AARP Virginia, the Meet Learn & Discover Series (MLD) grew out of the concept that the public library is a place to meet new people, learn new things and discover new ideas. AARP- a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, helps people 50 and better improve the quality of their lives.
MLD programs offer participants the opportunity to come together once a month to hear a presentation and meet other people. Attendance varies and averages anywhere from five people to 100 people a month. Participation is growing and there is a core group that comes to almost every program. Program topics are determined from suggestions made by participants, AARP Virginia, the Norfolk City Historian, and the NPL Public Relations Office. Among the most popular topics are genealogy, tracing the history of your house and travel.
The partnership with AARP Virginia has been extremely beneficial for the community. AARP is involved with program development and has provided speakers for the MLD programs. AARP print materials on a variety of topics are available at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library and the Norfolk Main Library. Funding to launch MLD was provided by an Institute of Museum & Library Services Age in America Grant.
The Meet, Learn & Discover Series takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library and is free and open to the public.
The program, The Photographic History of Norfolk, will take place Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library. For more information about the Meet, Learn & Discover Series, please call 664-7310.
The Norfolk Public Library
offers access to information, books, programs and online resources to meet the
needs of our diverse community for life-long learning. The library system
consists of one main library, ten branch libraries, one anchor branch library,
and a Bookmobile. All programs are FREE of charge. Visit www.npl.lib.va.us or call us at (757)
664-READ for more information. NPL – Creating a City of