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Pearly Bailey Library earns community service award

6/4/2014, 3:43 p.m.
Pearl Bailey Library staff representatives pose with the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Office of Human Affairs Board of Directors and the Rev. Al Sharpton, keynote speaker, at the Annual Awards Banquet. From left are Demetria Tucker, senior family and youth services librarian; Sonya Scott, senior information services specialist; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Watina Smith, senior information services specialist; and Anita Jennings, supervising librarian.

Because of its focus on helping citizens, Pearl Bailey Library recently received the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Office of Human Affairs Board of Directors.

The Office of Human Affairs, a community action agency serving Hampton and Newport News, presented the award to the library staff “for providing citizens with enhanced opportunities for growth and hope for achieving and sustaining a brighter future.”

It was presented at the Office of Human Affairs' 48th Annual Awards Banquet at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. Keynote speaker for the banquet was the Rev. Al Sharpton, the national minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host.

One of Newport News Public Library System’s four full-service public libraries, Pearl Bailey Library provides free programs and services year-round for all ages, including computer classes, job search workshops and youth programs that engage teens and children as stakeholders in their library and community. It is located in Newport News’ Southeast Community at 2510 Wickham Avenue.

In November 2013, Pearl Bailey Library’s Youth Program were one of 12 after-school programs from across the United States honored at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama for receiving the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

The Office of Human Affairs began in 1966 and now annually provides help to more than 6,000 Hampton and Newport News low-income and working poor citizens to overcome economic setbacks while becoming more self-sufficient. It is supported by a 27-member board of directors that includes representatives from the neighborhood, public and private sectors.