Friday, March 1, 2024

Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library Honored by Virginia Library Association

Families in the Kiwanis Kids Ideas Studio in the James City County Library, funded by Friends of WRL (provided by Williamsburg Regional Library)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Library Association (VLA) has honored the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation (Friends of WRL) with its 2022 Friends of the Library Award.

The Friends of the Library Award is given annually to a friends group in recognition of distinguished service to a library or libraries in Virginia.

“The Friends of WRL Foundation is honored to receive this award from the VLA,” said Friends of WRL President Sam Sadler. “We strive, through our fundraising and advocacy efforts, to ensure excellence in library programs and services both now and for generations to come.”

The Friends of WRL has supported the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) since 1964. Consisting of a seventeen-person volunteer board, the Friends of WRL made it possible for WRL to provide excellent public service through a combination of successful fundraising in the community and generous support of the library, WRL said in a press release.

“The Friends of WRL Foundation has been and continues to be a vigorous supporter of library programs and services,” added Library Director Betsy Fowler. “Their support is what transforms this library system from good to great and enables WRL to provide an exceptional level of service to the public.”

Friends of WRL makes it possible to continue and integrate new programs for the enrichment of community members of all ages by raising the needed funds, WRL said, adding it allows for added additions to the library as well as providing programs for entertainment and education.

For more information about the Friends of WRL, visit For more information about other awards given by the VLA, visit

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