The Westover Hills Library staff won't "shush" patrons on July 10, at least not from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., when they'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary (plus a day) of the branch's opening (pictured). Scheduled to attend the event is Maxine Rogers, 87, Westover's first librarian, and Carolyn Slagle, the daughter of one of Rogers' assistants.
The evening will include public appreciation and recognition of staff and volunteers, music by Richmond jazz singer Carol Covell, and refreshments.
While the building at 1408 Westover Hills Boulevard was constructed well for a half-century ago, it isn't suited for contemporary technology. Westover's head librarian Clay Dishon says that funds from the Gates Foundation are going toward additional computers to be installed later in the summer.
"Our machines stay very, very busy, and there's always a waiting list," Dishon says. "Our mission is to provide access."
Meanwhile, the branch is scheduled to undergo other renovations by year's end and, in part, this event's $25 admission will go toward that effort. Call 646-8833 or visit richmondpubliclibrary.org.