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Geneva Ford, library staff member, at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children posing in front of a Book Week display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children posing in front of a Book Week display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Mother and infant at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children working on a project at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children reading books at the Gainsboro Library.

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Young man reaching for a book at the Gainsboro Library

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Gainsboro Library display with Virginia Y. Lee.

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Library display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Virginia Y. Lee at the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library, interior.

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Gainsboro Library, interior.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, child sitting at a table.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior. Virginia Y. Lee, center.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with a group of library patrons. YMCA location.

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Group of children in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Children dressed in costume in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library, exterior, with a children’s class.

GB096 Ella F. Bowden.jpg
Ella F. Bowden, First Librarian of the Gainsboro Library, 1921-1923.

GB080.1 Gainsboro Library (at the Odd Fellows Hall Location).jpg
Gainsboro Library when it was located in the old Odd Fellows/YMCA Building. “First persons to register at GB.” Right to Left: Mrs. Sally Lawson, C. C. Williams, J. L. Reid, Mrs. E. R. Dudley, Rev. A. L. James, Dr. E. R. Dudley and Mrs. Ida Closs

GB080 Gainsboro Library Reading Club (at the Odd Fellows Hall Location).jpg
Gainsboro Library when it was located in the old Odd Fellows/YMCA Building. Gainsboro Reading Club

GB079 Virginia Y. Lee (left) and an Unidentified Woman at the Gainsboro Library.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee and unidentified woman in front of the Gainsboro Library.

GB028 Virginia Y. Lee with Unidentified Woman.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee and unknown woman.

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Heller Kindergarten portrait made behind the Gainsboro Library during the May Day festival

IRB128 Gainsboro.jpg
One story and part basement brick building, wood joisted roof covered with slate. Interior; joisted floor, oak wearing surfaces, close plastered sidewalls, ceilings metal lath and plaster. Basement partly finished with concrete floor. Electric…

GB029 Lucy Addison.jpg
Lucy Addison was born enslaved in Fauquier County, Virginia on December 8, 1861. After graduating from the Quaker-run Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia in 1882 with a degree in teaching, Addison began her life-long career as an educator. …

GB025 Virginia Y. Lee.jpg
Virginia Y. Lee was the Gainsboro Library's fourth librarian (1928 – 1971). She was born on November 22, 1906 in McComas, West Virginia and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated Valedictorian from Lucy Addison High School in 1924 and earned her…

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Virginia Y. Lee was the Gainsboro Library's fourth librarian (1928 – 1971). She was born on November 22, 1906 in McComas, West Virginia and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated Valedictorian from Lucy Addison High School in 1924 and earned…

GB013 C. C. Williams.jpg
Christopher Chamberlin Williams of Williams Funeral Home, now Serenity Funeral Home. Mr. Williams served on the Board of Trustees for both the Gainsboro Library and the William A. Hunton YMCA.

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Lucy Addison High School Majorettes in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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A female member of the US Air Force at a children's program at the Gainsboro Branch Library.

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Early view of the Gainsboro Branch Library. The building was completed in 1941 at a cost of $23,970.24.

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Basement storage shelving at the Gainsboro Branch.

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Basement storage shelving at the Gainsboro Branch.

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Interior of the Gainsboro Branch Roanoke Public Library.

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Roanoke Public Library's Gainsboro Branch found its beginnings in the Odd Fellows Hall, formerly located at the corner of Patton Avenue and Gainsboro Road. It would relocate to the current building in 1942.
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