Friends Group Grants Nearly $124,000 to Beach Libraries

Monday, March 21, 2016

At its annual meeting Sunday, March 20, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, the Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library approved $123,650 in grants to Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) for the group’s fiscal year beginning April 1, 2016, and ending March 30, 2017. Among the grants is $43,500 for VBPL’s Summer Reading Challenge and grants of $11,300, $10,000 and $8,000 respectively for teen, adult and youth programs and services. Additional grants will fund early literacy projects, professional development for staff, volunteer recognition, library marketing and more.

The group awarded its $500 Irwin Berger Memorial Scholarship, named for a founding Friends member, to library information specialist Lindsey Crouch, who is pursuing a graduate degree in library and information science with the goal of becoming a youth librarian.

“We are grateful for the Friends’ continued commitment to Virginia Beach Public Library, staff and the community,” said VBPL Director Eva Poole. “Friends’ support helps VBPL provide services and programs to residents of all ages and contribute to the quality of life we enjoy.”

During the meeting, the Friends re-elected Jill Burr as president and Mary Jane Morewitz as secretary, and elected Amy Simpson as vice president and Kaye Harris as treasurer.

About the Friends
The Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that has been supporting Virginia Beach Public Library since 1969. The group sponsors important library and literacy programs for residents of all ages, primarily through sales of used books and materials at the Friends Book Shop at Central Library and branch Book Nooks, and through membership dues. In just the last decade, the group granted nearly $1 million to support Virginia Beach Public Library. 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, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work and a variety of specialty collections. Visit for more information.

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