History was made at Napa Valley College yesterday afternoon. Around four o’clock, a large group of community members, campus staff and administrators, librarians, architects, contractors, engineers, parents, friends, and students gathered for the opening of the new McCarthy Library. “This new building,” as described by Interim Superintendent/President Armond Phillips, “will be the hub of campus activity and a place for student learning and achievement for years to come.” The building is appropriately dedicated to the late NVC president, Chris McCarthy who advocated for student learning throughout his career. The short presentation also included a few heartfelt words from Dean of Library and Learning Resources Bonnie Thoreen, Vice President of Instruction Sue Nelson, and Director of Campus Planning and Construction Dan TerAvest. The presentation was concluded with a reading of “The Library,” a poem by Napa Valley Poet Laureate, Gary Silva.
The event proceeded with self-guided tours of the new building, live music, and food service from the new cafe. The mood was grand in celebration of this beautiful new building. The only argument I overheard was between a group of librarians debating who had the coolest office!
Congratulations to the TLCD team and everyone involved with this project. It is something you should all be very, very proud of.