The Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch Library at Broad Creek will have its grand opening Thursday, June 14 at 10:15 a.m. and you’re invited.
The new public library will have a children’s patio and art room, reading terrace, study rooms, public computers, and more. Also in the library will be a Playscape for infants and toddlers, and a KidZone to encourage interactive discovery and literacy development.
Prior to grand opening celebrations, Councilwoman Mamie Johnson will be at the library to unveil “Path to Success,” at 10 a.m. “Path to Success” is a colorful, nature-themed brick wall composed of bricks designed and painted by Richard Bowling Elementary School students.
“I am so proud of our City to invest in and promote lifelong learning through this beautiful and dynamic building for our residents. We are also excited to honor the heritage and legacy of the Jordan and Newby families by incorporating their names into the new facility,” said Sonal Rastogi, Director of Libraries, Norfolk Public Library.
The library is named after Judge Joseph A. Jordan and Dr. Thomas Newby.
Judge Jordan was the first African-American to be elected to Norfolk’s City Council and was a Norfolk attorney. Jordan was appointed U.S. District Court Judge in 1977, responsible for bringing many Civil Rights suits to court. One notable case being on behalf of Evelyn Butts of Norfolk in 1966 that ended the poll tax as a requirement for voting in Virginia.
Dr. Thomas Newby was a Norfolk educator and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. Newby later returned to his high school to become principal, being the first graduate to do so.