Message from the Director

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Sonal 712A2176Happy New Year!

A new calendar year always brings with it the promise of fresh beginnings, and like many, you may have made a New Year’s resolution or two. I would like to remind you that Norfolk Public Library (NPL) is an organization that connects you with opportunities, and, can be a useful resource in for you 2019 in more ways than you can imagine.

NPL is more than a library, it’s your neighborhood destination ─ a gathering place where people find comfortable and welcoming spaces to read, study, use computers, attend programs, and connect with others in the community. From improving your health and fitness to learning a new language or skill, NPL has a well-rounded collection of books, eAudiobooks, films, music, programs, technology and services to support your endeavors.

I invite you to visit your neighborhood branch to chat with our knowledgeable librarians and highly skilled staff about your needs, and they will point you in the right direction. You may also go online to to view our extensive list of databases and learning resources that are conveniently available to you with your Norfolk Public Library card at no charge. Do you need test prep help for the SAT or GRE, or step-by-step repair instructions for your car? Are you interested in publishing your own eBook? Would you like to take a free online course at Yale? If so, we have these valuable resources at your library!

Throughout 2018, the NPL Team listened to your ideas, feedback and suggestions, and in response, we have expanded our programming and services to strengthen NPL as your community resource. In 2019, you will find a broad range of educational and entertaining programs for all ages at our branches, and a variety of community interest programs. In January, we will continue our TREK for Civility initiative, and programming will be centered on themes of tolerance, respect, empathy and kindness. In February, celebrations will take place at all Norfolk Public Libraries across the city for African American History Month, and in March, we are hosting our 2nd annual Local Authors Fair featuring a special talk by Charlene Butts Ligon. In April, and just in time for income tax season, we’ll offer financial literacy programing during Money Smart Week.

We’re looking forward to a wonderful new year, and, seeing you at the Library! To keep up with library happenings, be sure to follow us on social media and to check the website often.

Yours Truly,

Sonal Rastogi
Director of Libraries

Sonal Rastogi
Director of Libraries
Norfolk Public Library
Administrative Offices and Service Center
1155 Pineridge Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: (757) 664-7328
Fax: (757) 441-5863