POWHATAN POINT – Powhatan Point Public Library patrons, the library board and others turned out on Friday for a grand opening celebration and open house at the facility’s new location.
Anthony Orsini, director of the Belmont County District Library, was pleased with attendance at the event which had previously been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We hope everyone is having a good time” Orsini said, as people walked through the library and talked to each other.
The new library location is in the old St. Vianney Catholic Church, which offers double the space as the old building and also has ample parking.
District Library Finance Officer Karley Fairbanks brought her children Louie, 5, and Ellie, 3, to the grand opening.
“I think it is well done and that there is a long time to come for the community of Powhatan”, said Fairbanks. “It’s beautiful.”
The church building was purchased by the Hendershot family who in turn rents it from the library. The old library building has been sold. The library has retained many of the details of the old church, including the original stained glass, lighting and woodwork.
Jan Brubaker of Powhatan Point brought his grandson Rex Grover, 5, to the open house.
“I think it’s great. We’re coming into story time here. It’s so much bigger and it’s beautiful here. she said.
Richard Hord, library board member, was also impressed with the new location.
“It’s a wonderful installation. They did a great job and it’s a great location. That’s really nice,” Hord said, adding that the fact that it was previously a church may provide some customers “Additional inspiration”.
Jane Stratton, Branch Manager at the Powhatan Point Public Library, was excited about the new location.
“I am so grateful to the Hendershot family for providing us with this larger facility”, Stratton said. “We have more space for story times, the book club and materials. “
Stratton said the large parking lot allows families to bring their children to the library safely and makes it easier for customers in general to access the building.
Powhatan resident Sally Hotlosz served as a parishioner for the church for many years before it closed in October 2018. She combined with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shadyside, where she now attends services. She noted that she was happy that the Hendershot family purchased the church building so that it could be used again.
“It’s a great asset for the community” Hotlosz said, adding that she was happy that many details of the church had been kept.
Library board members Keith Sommers and Bonnie Cook also described the new location as “magnificent.”