Library Group Pledges $172,000 for Early Literacy and More

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

At its annual meeting on March 25, the Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library approved more than $170,000 in library grants for its upcoming fiscal year (April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013). Grants include $50,000 for the children’s room at the TCC-City Joint Library set to open in Spring 2013; $33,000 for early literacy centers and preschool computer stations in all libraries; $13,500 for the Summer Reading Program and more.  

Many of the Friends’ members volunteer in libraries and in the Friends Book Shop at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, which generates the bulk of the Friends funds.  “The Friends help us change lives every day,” said Library Director Marcy Sims. “We are grateful for their continued commitment and support.”

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 information about the Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library, visit

About Virginia Beach Public Library

A community anchor for more than 50 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, eight area libraries, a law library and a bookmobile. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early childhood literacy classes and local history archives. In addition to books in a variety of formats (print, audio and downloadable), the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, as well as movies, music and a variety of specialty collections. In fiscal year 2010-11, the library saw 1.9 million people through its doors and checked out more than 3.3 million items. Visit for more information.