NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY TO DEDICATE READING GARDEN DONATED BY LAKEWOOD GARDEN CLUB
Norfolk, VA (June 6, 2005) - Imagine sitting on a bench enjoying the sunshine with the scent of colorful flowers tickling your nose as you listen to a book on tape or sitting outside in the shade as you open the latest best seller at your library.
Thanks to the Lakewood Garden Club, this is now a reality for residents visiting Lafayette Branch Library. Last fall, the club donated $6,600 to create a reading garden at the library. The new inviting area makes reading even more enjoyable at this busy branch. On Thursday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m., club members, library staff, and patrons will gather to dedicate Norfolk Public Library's first reading garden.
The dedication program will consist of a ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from Betty Hoover, President of the Lakewood Garden Club, Norman Maas, the Norfolk Public Library Director, and Olivia Osei-Sarfo, Manager of the Lafayette Branch Library. Entertainment and a reception are also planned.
This beautiful garden sitting to the right of the walkway to the Library's main entrance was designed by Roxanne Stoneycypher from Parks and Forestry. The garden features perennial flowers, bulbs, green Japanese maple, yellow daffodils, metal handrail, and cobblestone edging.
"The new garden will serve as a place for quiet reading as well as a community gathering place," says Branch Manager Olivia Osei-Sarfo. "I envision us using this new space for a variety of cultural events. Poetry readings, small concerts, and special story times for children are a few of the programs we plan to hold in the garden," adds Osei Sarfo. Lafayette Branch Library is located at 1610 Cromwell Drive in Norfolk. If you are interested in making a donation to enhance the garden, call 441-2842. All library programs are free and open to the public.