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Williamsburg Regional Library faces Pueblo, Colorado in championship round of best library contest

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

Williamsburg book lovers rejoice: Your local library has entered the final round of a nationwide best library contest.

Voting is now open for the Leslie B. Knope Award championship round, which recognizes public libraries that motivate, inspire, and attract the best to local government.

In this round, the library is squaring off against the Pueblo City-County Library in Colorado.

Voting for the final round ends on Friday, March 2, at 11:59 p.m.

The best library competition nominates more than 100 libraries from around the country. The 32 libraries with the most votes moved onto a round of brackets-style competition, vying against other libraries.

In the previous round, Williamsburg Regional Library beat out a library in Baytown, Texas with 51.05 percent of the vote.

The award is named after the main character on the television show “Parks and Rec.”

The award is given by Engaging Local Government Leaders, a professional association for innovative local government leaders.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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