It’s All About the Journey

It’s been pretty busy in our library system for the last couple of months. First of all, we opened our newest branch, the Pittsylvania History Research Center and Library, which is located in the recently renovated Chatham Train Depot. We are open from 10 am until 2 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and we’d love to have you come by and take a look. We have lots of interesting material on local history and genealogy, computers that you can use to do research, databases, microfilm, historical displays, and a working model train depicting Chatham in the 1940s.

Dr. Betty Whitehead Meeting Room

At the end of May, we renamed the meeting room in the Chatham library the Dr. Betty Whitehead Meeting Room.  Dr. Whitehead was chief fundraiser for the Chatham building and accomplished much for the community.  As part of this occasion, her son Cam and daughter Katie presented the library with a beautiful painting which currently hangs just outside the meeting room door.

We also installed a new electronic sign at Brosville, which we hope will draw more attention to what we call the hidden jewel of our system. The Brosville/Cascade Library is significantly below road level on US 58 between Danville and Martinsville, so has always been somewhat difficult to find. We hope this sign will rectify that, as well as draw attention to the fantastic programs we have going on there.
Speaking of programs, it’s time for our Summer Reading Program, which is taking place at every branch but the History Center. We have room for you, ages 0 to 109! Check out everything we have to offer this summer by going to our website at and clicking on library calendars.
Finally, I’ve been doing some reading. I’ll talk more about the other books later, but I do want to highlight one you should not miss. It’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. If you want a “gentle read” that also makes you think, this one fits that bill. Harold Fry comes to believe that by walking from the southernmost part of England to the northernmost part of Scotland, he can keep a friend of his alive. Of course, it’s all about the journey. We’ve got a couple of copies of this gem of a book available, so you should be able to get it right away.

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