Our Leaders Are Readers reception and program October 19, 2010, at the Russell County Government Center was a great success. Our program featured local officials and dignitaries and regular library users speaking passionately about why the library and reading are important to them, their life and work, and our community.
The first speaker was Jon Bowerbank, known locally as a Russell County Supervisor and businessman, but who also serves on the board of the Library of Virginia. He brought a battered dictionary given to him by his father to illustrate his talk.
Other speakers included Dr. Hughes Melton, who talked about how doctors now encourage patients to participate in their care by learning about their health condition; he sees the public library and Internet access as essential to helping his patients and building a healthy community. Many others stepped up to talk about their take on the topic and the library's value.
And of course, no event is a success without food. There was a lovely array of tasty treats provided by the Library Board of Trustees, including cake embellished with the library logo! Library Board member Janice Busic is shown ready to to begin serving up the cake.