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An idea for the library

SoVaNow.com / July 31, 2013
Dear Viewpoint,

I am a former resident of Clarksville, having resided there from age seven until going to college at age eighteen. My parents were Georgia and Boyd Pace. This article concerns my mother. Many residents of Mecklenburg and Halifax counties remember her with fondness and sometimes reverence. Education was foremost in her teachings to my brother and to me. To that end she made sure we had books to read. As a champion of our having books to read, she ensured the bookmobile at least traveled down the street of our first residence. This event changed the year I turned nine.

When I turned nine, my mother opened Pace’s Kindergarten. I’m telling my age because that was in 1956. No public kindergartens were around at that time and students came from Boydton, the Town of Clarksville, and out in the county. I believe our yard had the only “commercial” playground equipment in town. My brother and I would be at school and our yard would be teeming with five-year-old children sliding, swinging, and using an old fashioned seesaw. Physical activity was important to her as well as reading. In making sure that her students had ample opportunity to “visit” a library, the bookmobile began making its stop in our driveway. This practice continued through my elementary, high school and a portion of my college years. Being a champion of reading and research my mother told my father, “We need a library in town.” With that said she began the campaign to bring a library to town.

Many citizens of the community agreed, as did the regional library in Boydton. A hunt for housing the library began. I remember well coming home for a visit and going to the “new library” to help with painting and readying the facility for the books that would soon arrive. The Town of Clarksville had donated space for use. The library was soon good to go. That space became too small and a location at the former Clarksville Elementary School became home. I, too, visited there while my mother led the Children’s Story hour. She asked me to cut out snowflakes for use in one of her stories. Blankly, I looked at her and asked, “How do you cut out snowflakes?”

“It’s simple,” she replied, “Cut away anything that doesn’t look like a snowflake.”

I inherited my mother’s love for books. Recently being informed about the expansion of the Clarksville Library. I was told that with enough donations a room could be named in her memory. My opinion is different. My opinion only, my brother has not been consulted. Being the driving force in the Clarksville area even having a library, serving as the first president of the Friends of the Library and receiving a plaque (given to the library for display upon her death) at the 25th anniversary of the library, one room is not enough. Would it be possible to name the entire facility after her? Or does that mean donations of a larger sort? I’m just wondering.

Carol A. Lunsford


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