Gretna Renovation Page
Beginning in late fall 2021, the Gretna branch of the Pittsylvania County Public Library will be renovated. The building at 207 Coffey Street in Gretna opened in 1999 as the Northern Pittsylvania County Learning Center, also known as The Riddle Center after major contributors Dallas and Sandra Riddle, with the space divided between the branch library and satellite classrooms for the Danville Community College.
By 2016, DCC moved out of the building and the classroom space reverted to the library. In order to expand library facilities to the entire building, a number of interior walls need to be removed and the space configured to meet the community’s needs.
Current view of the Riddle Center.
The Pittsylvania County the Board of Supervisors is providing $200,000 for the renovation. That work is estimated to begin in fall 2021. The contractor and schedule will be determined after Fiscal Year 2021 begins on July 1, 2021.
The PPL Foundation (for Pittsylvania Public Library) is raising funds to provide new furniture, fixtures, and several upgrades to the building, including a patio/reading garden and a digital sign. The PPL Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in 1984 to support capital and other projects for the library. The PPL Foundation has been instrumental in building the Chatham, Brosville/Cascade, Gretna, and Mt. Hermon libraries.
The renovated Gretna library will make us of the entire 6,372 square foot building and its open, level site between Gretna High School and Gretna Middle School. It will offer a meeting room, small group/study room, a STEAM/program room, additional computers, lots more seating, a new teen space, and expanded adult and children’s reading areas. Bookshelf heights will be lower than the current shelves, making books more accessible and improving the look and security of the library. There will be more space for more books, audiobooks, large print books, and videos. The restroom facilities will be renovated to install hands-free toilets and faucets. A new exterior doorway will lead from the children’s reading area onto a 3,000 square foot outdoor patio space for programs and reading. The patio space will also provide seating for patrons to use while accessing the library’s free WiFi even when the library is closed. A digital sign will keep the public informed about library hours, services, and upcoming programs.
Location for our new patio space.
The cost of the new furnishings, fixtures, and features is estimated at $325,000. The PPL Foundation is seeking contributions from the public as well as grants to cover the costs. They will also be creating a ‘named brick’ opportunity in the reading garden patio for contributors to create a lasting memorial to honor the readers in their lives.
If you would like to make a contribution, please mail your check to:
P.O. Box 814
Chatham, VA 24531
If you would like to make a contribution via credit card, you can call Lisa Tuite, Library Director and Secretary of the PPL Foundation, at (434) 432-3271.
If you would like to discuss a naming opportunity for contributions in excess of $10,000, please contact Lisa Tuite, Library Director, at (434) 432-3271, or any member of the PPL Foundation Board:
Mary Wertz, President
Debra Dockery, Vice President
Darrel Shelton, Treasurer
Lisa Tuite, Secretary
Alice Shelton, Board Member
Phyllis Roach, Board Member
Steve Scruggs, Board Member
Debra Turner, Board Member