Local author to speak on lesser-known side of World War II

Author Karen Batshaw will discuss what it meant to be a Greek Jew or Orthodox Christian in 1941 during Nazi occupation of Greece. (Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)

When World War II is discussed, the conversation often revolves around Nazi Germany, concentration camps in Poland and mass civilian deaths. But Thursday night, a lesser-known side of World War II will enter the spotlight at the Stryker Center in Williamsburg. Local author Karen Batshaw will discuss her fictional novel about the German invasion and occupation […]

Hampton University and WRL to partner on preserving African American history

African American laborers near a coal wharf in Alexandria. (Courtesy U.S. National Archives)

Hampton University needs your help. Williamsburg Regional Library announced it is supporting a Hampton University project with the goal of preserving historical papers within the local African American community. The aim of the project is to scan and digitally preserve private documents that highlight African American history within Hampton Roads. Residents interested in participating in […]

Williamsburg Regional Library names new director

Betsy Fowler (Courtesy Betsy Fowler LinkedIn)

The Williamsburg Regional Library has named its new director. Betsy Fowler, the former director of library and research services for the City of Chesapeake, will begin her work at the Williamsburg Regional Library March 16, according to a library news release. Fowler also recently served as the coordinator of branch services for the Central Rappahannock […]

WRL builds milk jug reading igloo for children

Interim Director Janet Crowther invites children and adults to curl up with a good book inside the library's reading igloo. (Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)

You don’t have to travel to the Arctic to spend some time in an igloo this February. The Williamsburg Regional Library has built their own igloo, which resides in the heated Youth Services Program Room — no hats, coats or mittens required. The igloo, which is about ten feet in diameter and five feet tall in […]

Banjos, TV dinners and more: WRL’s spring Talks@2 lecture series unveiled

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Williamsburg Regional Library has announced its spring lineup for the monthly Talks@2 lecture series. The Talks@2 Lecture Series debuted in the spring of 2016, and the series will return in 2017 between January and June, according to a library press release.  The series of presentations is among the most popular programs at the library and features a […]

Unsilent night: A rundown of live holiday music in the Historic Triangle

Old-world caroling in Jamestown

From Americana and big bands to classic English carols, holiday concerts abound in the Historic Triangle and they draw on a variety of musical traditions. Williamsburg Library Theater will swing in the season with the Ford’s Colony Dance Band on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The 90-minute “Happy Holidays” show will have favorites and vocal […]

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