A grand opening ceremony was held Saturday morning for the new Gloucester Library Point branch, which is located at York River Crossing Shopping Center, Hayes. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting were, from left, Roger Loring, president of Gloucester Friends of the Library; Amy Myers of Tower Park Real Estate, which handled lease arrangements for the branch site; John Northstein, Petsworth district supervisor; Del. Harvey B. Morgan (R-Middlesex); County Administrator Brenda Garton; library director Diane Rebertus; supervisors’ chairman Buddy Rilee; York district supervisor Carter Borden; Monty Haskell, chair of the Gloucester Library Endowment Foundation; Betsy Phillips, chair of the Citizens Fundraising Committee; Bill Walker, chair of the Gloucester Library Board of Trustees, and Enid Costley, a consultant for the Library of Virginia. Photo by Bill Nachman.
Approximately 150 people, including invited state and local government officials and interested residents, attended Saturday morning’s grand opening ceremony for the new Gloucester Library Point branch at York River Crossing Shopping Center, Hayes.
"This place really looks nice," said Buddy Rilee, chairman of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors. The new branch, he said, is "a real change" from the former space on Route 17, Gloucester Point, which once housed a dental office, and that gave good service to the county for about 20 years.
With the opening of the new 3,900-square-foot branch, York district supervisor Carter Borden said, "Gloucester Court House does not have everything now, does it?" Borden said he spoke on behalf of Gloucester Point supervisor Bobby Crewe, who could not attend the ceremony. Also, Borden said that he "could throw a baseball" to the library from his district nearby.
"The library is essential to the community," said Del. Harvey B. Morgan (R-Middlesex). Morgan said that he first used a library when the original library opened in Gloucester Court House in the mid-1930s.