The Park Place Branch was established as the Black Culture Center at 3506 Colonial Avenue in February 1970, funded by the Model City Library Service Program. When the Park Place Service Multi-service Center opened in 1979, the Black Culture Collection was moved there and renamed Park Place Branch Library. It was one of four such centers funded by Norfolk’s Model City program to decentralize certain city services, making them more convenient to the neighborhoods that they served. A computer lab, funded by a grant from Landmark Communications, opened in 1999. Park Place Branch was completely renovated in 2008.  

Scholarfest with a Youth Explosion

ScholarFest kicks off the new school year bringing families, students, schools, and communities together dedicating ourselves to high student achievement at school and at home. The Rose of Sharon Revival Center hosts its annual Youth Explosion showcasing youth talent! Other highlights include:

  • Free school supplies
  • Book giveaways and readings
  • "Meet the Authors"
  • The Excellence in Education Pledge
  • Great music and entertainment
  • Free Food featuring Five Points Farm Market's Get Fresh Cafe BBQ
  • Win a laptop, flip camera, and other prizes
  • Adult Education: Win a Personal Care Aide Scholarship ℅ Alpha Medical Academy
  • Special $100 prize for NPS classroom teachers; $50 for NPS support staff (*bring your id*) to support the classroom/school
  • Face painting, hands on activities, and great information for your education
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids Games
  • Inspirational messages from community and civic leaders
  • And more…

For more information, please call Park Place Branch at (757) 664-7330

This event is brought to you by the Park Place Branch Library, Rose of Sharon Revival Center, The Park Place Civic League, and Friends of Excellence in Education

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