Editorial: The little library that could
Persistence pays off.
In 1985, patrons and supporters of the Gloucester Library thought it would be a fine thing to have a branch at Gloucester Point. Four months later, in October, this branch opened in a storefront of two or three rooms at the Tidemill Center, with space donated by landlord and county supervisor Noody Belvin and his wife Mablind.
The patrons responded and the use grew. In just a few years more space was needed. The library branch expanded threefold in 1991 to an outgrown and empty dental office of 2,500 square feet, thanks to the generous donation of the building by Drs. John Luckam, Tom Luckam and Joe Lombard, who had moved to larger quarters.
At the same time Gloucester Point was getting library services, the main library at Gloucester Court House was also undergoing expansion, and later relocation to a much larger renovated former grocery store, all with the generous backing of many angels who believe in books and learning.
Now the Gloucester Point Library has moved to an almost 4,000-square-foot space in the York River Crossing shopping center. This should be good news for all the stores in that area. The main library is busy all the time, pulling in people to the Main Street Center, and proving that the huge expansion to that space was a good economic investment for the county. By translation, the same effect ought to be seen at the Point.
Lifted by determination and generous support from the community for many years, the Gloucester Library has grown exponentially to serve the needs of the county’s people. We congratulate all those who have pushed the Point project to completion. Reading and the free exchange of information are cornerstones of a free people; libraries make the information available to everyone.