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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 Libra...

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