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Richardson Memorial Library Turns 40

The William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library is celebrating 40 years of service. The library will have light refreshments available on Monday, September 11th in appreciation of the library’s patrons. The week of September 11th- 18th there will be a giveaway a day to the patron checking out the 40th item. The community is encouraged to visit the library and take advantage of the information, services, and resources available to all.   

The development and implementation of the first public library in Greensville County was initiated by the Woman’s Club of Emporia. Through their efforts the first public library space was opened on June 12, 1931. Known as the Greensville County Public Library, it was located in a small room of the county courthouse and was open for two hours every Friday afternoon.

As demand grew, the need for a larger space became apparent. The Greensville County Board of Supervisors purchased the former Merchants and Farmers Bank on South Main Street in 1948 for the purpose of a new home for the library. The new library opened in 1949 with its first paid librarian. Through the years and with an ever increasing need to supply the community with rich resources, it was again recognized that the library needed more space to expand its services.

A “Friends of the Library” was formed in 1964 with support from the Woman’s Club of Emporia for the purpose of increasing public interest and raising funds for a new library building. With the efforts of the Friends, a generous donation from the William E. Richardson family in memory of their only son William E. Richardson, Jr., and the assistance of the City of Emporia as part of the municipal complex, a new library was built at its current location on Spring Street. The William E. Richardson, Jr. Memorial Library was dedicated and opened to the public in September 1977. It is through the work and determination of local citizens from the past to the present that the Richardson Memorial Library continues to serve the entire community with an abundance of books, resources, and services.

For more information contact the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meherrinregionallibrary.

 

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