Caronavirus Update: The Centre has reopened to guests and events following the CDC guidelines. All guests will be required to wear a mask and social distance when indoors, and we ask that anyone at the Centre avoid gathering in the hallways. Special events and programs are proceeding virtually with some exceptions. If you have questions regarding a program, please contact the office. Rental spaces are still available for events following the guidelines set forth in Phase 3. If you need assistance during this time, please contact the office at (276) 957-5757 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other updates will be posted on our social media. The library will continue to close at 5 p.m. Thank you for your understanding as we work to continue to serve our community and our Spencer-Penn family during this time. Be safe and stay well. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Bringing Neighbors Together
The mission of the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization is to provide an educational and special events center for Spencer and surrounding communities by preserving the structure, facilities, artifacts and history of the Spencer-Penn School. We envision a facility that provides programs to inform people about a variety of subjects, allows them to experience a variety of performing arts, and provides entertainment and healthy activities for their families. This facility also provides a place where they can celebrate special events in their lives.
Stay up to date on all the great things we're doing at the Centre.
Our Memorial Brick Campaign is now finished and a sight to behold. We Received a Tourism Marketing Grant that funded our new sign on U.S. Route 58. Watch videos, read editorials published about the Centre. Check out our newsletter, The Chalkboard.
There's always something fun going on at the Spencer Penn Centre.
We have monthly events, Music Night is every second Friday of the month, a big country buffet breakfast, bingo is fun for the whole family, and much much more! We hope to see you soon!
Join us for our Ongoing & Special Scheduled Classes.
Chair Aerobics Thursdays @ 11:30am. Aerobics with Anita Hooker from the Coalition, Thursdays @ 6:30pm. Check out all of our ongoing classes that offer a wide variety of hobbies and interests. Check back on the website, facebook or view our newsletter, The Chalkboard for updates.
The Charles and Rose Hylton Library
Hours - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10am - 8pm.
The library was the first room renovated in 2005. Using the school’s bookshelves and checkout desk, and some shelf units bought from school sales, the Jacklegs fitted and painted to make them work, while volunteers worked collecting, cataloging and shelving donated books.
The Charles and Rose Hylton Library, dedicated and opened to the public in November 2005, honors two who have been essential to Spencer Penn through the years. Charles served as PTA president and coached boys’ basketball during the 1980’s, when his children Jim and Jeannie attended school here. Rose taught kindergarten for 25 years in one of the two rooms that were to become the library, and has since worked tirelessly in many areas as a volunteer for the Centre.
The Library offers a Summer Reading Program for children 3-12 years during the summer months, with goals and rewards, crafts and activities which encourage reading. A Pre-school Story Time and Playdate is also offered during the school year, and our children’s library offers many reading and play opportunities. We have also recently added a free library outside near the playground, where books are available to all for borrowing on a “take one, leave one” basis.
We have lots of books to check out. Sign up for a library card today. No Charge. It is staffed by helpful and friendly volunteers—and can always use more.
The Roy C Stone Tech Lab
Hours: Mondays, 10am to 3pm and Thursdays, 10am to 5pm
Dedicated in November 2006, the Tech Lab has 12 computers that are offered for use to the public at no charge. Copies and printing may be done for a nominal charge.
The Tech Lab was donated in memory of Roy Clayton Stone by his widow, Evelyn. Mr. Stone, a very successful Martinsville businessman , was raised in Horsepasture, and at one time lived close to the school.
The Roy C Stone Lab has provided a vital service to the patrons of Spencer Penn Centre, and has been used for various computer classes, a children’s Write a Book Class, Photo-Shop Class and in the fall of 2015 became a site for a tutoring program named SPICE (Spencer Penn Investing in Children’s Education).
The Computer Lab is open to the public. High Speed Internet Access is available. Programs such as Power Point and Photo Shop are available. A fee will be charged for the use of printers, no instruction will be offered.