Virginia Beach Public Library Employee Named State’s Outstanding Library Staff Member

Youth and Family Services Manager Katie Cerqua Honored

Monday, May 04, 2015

Virginia Beach Public Library’s Youth and Family Services Manager Katie Cerqua has been named 2015’s “Outstanding Staff Member” by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. The announcement was made during the association’s statewide conference in Syria, Va. on April 24. Virginia Beach Public Library Director Eva Poole nominated Cerqua and accepted the award on her behalf.

Cerqua was recognized for her strong leadership skills and passion for providing excellent service to the Virginia Beach community. She oversees successful VBPL programs including the annual Summer Reading Challenge, Title I Outreach, Fifth Grade Battle of the Books and curriculum-based storytimes to prepare children for kindergarten success.


About Katie Cerqua

Katie Cerqua is the youth and family services manager at Virginia Beach Public Library. She oversees a staff of 15, including the Bookmobile and its early literacy outreach team. She is responsible for coordinating all VBPL programs and services for children from birth to 18 years and their families. She began her career at VBPL as a youth librarian in 2007 and has been instrumental in implementing and coordinating systemwide library services that yield results and meet the educational needs of Virginia Beach’s youngest residents. She speaks nationally, regionally and locally on topics of early literacy and preventing summer slide (the learning loss that students may experience during summer break).

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.