Friends Group Grants $130,000 for Beach Libraries, Elects Executive Board

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library approved $130,000 in library grants for its new fiscal year, April 2013 to March 2014. Among the grants is $30,000 for the Summer Reading Challenge for children, teens and adults; $20,000 for staff training and development; $18,000 for youth and family programs and services; $16,600 to create an early literacy activity center at Kempsville Area Library and $4,000 toward digitizing and preserving local history materials.


The volunteer group also elected Amy Simpson as its president; Lisa Behun, vice president; Kathy Gompers, secretary, and Talbott Jordan, treasurer.

“We are so grateful for the Friends’ continued commitment and support,” said Marcy Sims, director of Virginia Beach Public Library. “They help the library provide our citizens with the best possible services.” Many Friends members also volunteer time working in libraries and in the Friends Book Shop at Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library.  


About the Friends

Established in 1976, The Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library is a non-profit, 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, 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. Visit for more information.