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Posted on: August 2, 2018

Ruby B. Archie Building Naming Dedication

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Naming Dedication Ceremony to Be Held August 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM 


The City of Danville invites the community to the renaming dedication ceremony of the Danville Public Library Main Branch on August 11, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM.  Danville City Council has decided, on the recommendation of the Alpha Phi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to rename the facility located at 511 Patton Street the “Ruby B. Archie Public Library.”
The ceremony will take place outside the Patton Street entrance of the library and will include a dedication by Mayor Alonzo Jones followed by special remarks from the president of the Alpha Phi Omega Chapter, Conchitte Williams, and Carla Archie.  A reception will follow the ceremony.

Mrs. Archie was a beloved teacher for the Danville Public School system for thirty-seven years, including as Head of the English Departments for both Langston High School and George Washington High School. Mrs. Ruby B. Archie was also a member of Danville City Council from July 1, 1994 through June, 2010, serving as Vice Mayor from September 1, 1996 through June 30, 1998 and served as the first African American Female Mayor of the City of Danville from July 1, 1998 through June 30, 2000.

“The Danville Public Library is proud to honor the celebrated educator and city leader Ruby B. Archie, who has a long history of instilling a love of reading and writing as an English teacher in the City schools,” said Danville Public Library Director Joseph Zappacosta.  “Mrs. Ruby’s values of education and civic responsibility make her a perfect choice for this distinction.”          
The building located in downtown Danville next to City Hall has served as the public library for the community for over 45 years.  The building was first dedicated as a library in the early 1970s and underwent a significant renovation in the 1990s.  

The friendly library staff is available to give one-on-one assistance in the use of the Library’s many resources including access to free broadband internet.  Library cards are free to anyone living within a 50-mile radius of the Library.  Borrowers have access to new bestsellers, movies, audiobooks, and 1000s of eBooks, and more.

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