Friends Group Grants $122,000 for Beach Libraries; Elects Executive Board

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library approved $122,000 in library grants for its new fiscal year, April 2014 to March 2015. The grants include more than $31,000 for VBPL’s Summer Reading Challenge for children, teens and adults, $13,000 for teen program support, $10,500 for a new Bookmobile wrap, $6,750 for youth and family programs and services, $6,200 for an early literacy activity center at Princess Anne Area Library and much more.  

The volunteer group also re-elected Amy Simpson as its president, Lisa Behun as vice president, Jill Burr as secretary, and Talbott Jordan as treasurer.

“We are grateful for the Friends’ continued commitment to the library and the community,” said Eva Poole, executive director of Virginia Beach Public Library. “Their support helps VBPL provide services and programs that are often life-changing for our residents and contribute to the quality of life we enjoy in our city.”   


About the Friends

Established in 1976, The Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that supports Virginia Beach Public Library. The group sponsors important library and literacy programs for citizens of all ages, primarily through sales of used books and audiovisuals at the Friends Book Shop at Central Library and through membership dues. For more about the Friends, visit


About Virginia Beach Public Library

A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music and magazines in tangible  and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit for more information.