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Williamsburg Regional Library enters next round of best library competition, facing Evansville, Indiana

The Williamsburg Library. (file photo)
The Williamsburg Library. (file photo)

The Williamsburg Regional Library is getting closer to winning a national “best library” competition as Greater Williamsburg residents cast their votes for their community library.

Engaging Local Government Leaders, a professional association for local government leaders, has moved the Williamsburg Regional Library into round 16 of its competition for the Leslie B. Knope Award.

This week, Williamsburg Regional Library is competing against Evansville Public Library in Indiana, according to a library news release.

To make it to the next round, library fans need to go online and vote before Friday.

The award is named after the main character of the television show “Parks and Rec.” It is given to public libraries that motivate, inspire, and attract the best to local government, according to the organization’s website.

The competition nominates more than 100 libraries from around the country. The 16 libraries with the most votes moved onto a round of bracket-style competition, vying against other libraries.

If the Williamsburg Regional Library makes it to the next round, the library will require even more votes to push it into the finals.

In the news release, Betsy Fowler, Williamsburg Regional Library director, thanked the community for its support so far in the competition.

To vote, fans can go online and are encouraged to share the information on social media.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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