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Library branch about to open in Long Point Mall


Mountain Road residents six-year wait for a new library branch is just about over.

In two weeks, the new Mountain Road Branch in Long Point Mall will open its doors.

The push for the library started in 1988, with a petition drive that collected more than 4,500 signatures.

In 1991, County Executive Robert Neall appointed a group of citizens and county and library officials to recommend a site.

Although the voter-approved tax cap threatened the project, the County Council approved additional money needed to open the branch last November.

On Aug. 6, the public is invited to attend a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. and an open house until 3 p.m.

Area families are invited to drop in to enjoy entertainment, tour the facilities, borrow from the 55,000-item collection, and meet branch manager Nancy Rea and her helpful staff.

For the youngsters, Mark Leary will offer a fun-filled twist on traditional nursery rhymes in his show, "Get Loose with Mother Goose," starting at noon.

"Mandy the Clown" will perform at 1 p.m. and magician Michael Chamberlin will bedazzle you with his bag of comedy magic tricks at 2 p.m.

In addition to adult fiction and nonfiction sections, the branch will house a children's collection and a large selection of educational and children's videocassettes, compact discs, audio cassettes, and "books on tape," said Diane Rey, library spokeswoman.

The branch will feature an IBM-486 computer and software for public use and several electronic reference tools to help students and researchers.

One CD-ROM product, Magazine Express, includes a database of 140 popular magazines, including Time, Business Week, Parents and Sports Illustrated.

In the future, another computer will be added containing educational software programs for children on topics such as dinosaurs, American history and the human body.

For local community and nonprofit groups, the branch will offer its meeting room, seating up to 75 people. Reservations must be made.

The 8,800-square-foot branch, which fills four storefronts in the south end of the mall, cost a little over $1.5 million.

"It is similar in size to other community branches in the county," Ms. Rea said. It occupies and will offer the full range of library services.

The branch, at 4730 Mountain Road (near the intersection of Long Point and Mountain roads) will begin regular hours on Monday, Aug. 8. It will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 222-6699.


Chesapeake Christian Center invites the community to attend a concert performed by "The McKeithens" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

"This group is fast becoming known for their unique ministry and their strong delivery of the gospel everywhere they appear," said Amber Shepard, church spokeswoman. "Their musical style is a traditional praise and worship sound with a Southern gospel flavor."

Most of the group's material is written by the husband/wife team of Tim and Dixie McKeithen, the founding members, who have more than 20 years of ministering experience.

The concert is free and nursery care for infants and young toddlers is free.

The church is at 7975 Tick Neck Road.

For information, call Chesapeake Christian Center, 255-3168.


The Northeast High School PTSA has announced its officers for the 1994-95 school year: Linda Tetrault, president; Patsy Plowman, vice president; Dana Glover, secretary; and JoAnn Holmes, treasurer.

Two positions for delegates remain unfilled.

"Our executive board welcomes our new principal, Ray Skiles, to Northeast," said Tetrault. "We are looking forward to working with him this year."

To volunteer to serve as a delegate, contact Dana Glover at 255-0363, for more details.

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