Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library honored by the Virginia Library Association

Families at the Kiwanis Kids Ideas Studio at James City County Library funded by Friends of WRL (provided by Williamsburg Regional Library)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Library Association (VLA) has recognized the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation (Friends of WRL) with its 2022 Friends of the Library Award.

The Friends of the Library Award is presented annually to a group of friends in recognition of outstanding service to a library or libraries in Virginia.

“The Friends of WRL Foundation is honored to receive this award from the VLA,” said Friends of WRL President Sam Sadler. “We strive to ensure excellence in library programs and services through our fundraising and advocacy efforts, both now and for generations to come.”

The Friends of WRL have supported the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) since 1964. Comprised of a seventeen-member volunteer board of directors, the Friends of WRL have enabled WRL to provide excellent public service through a combination of successful community fundraising and generosity in support of the Library, WRL said in a press release.

“The Friends of WRL Foundation has been and continues to be a staunch supporter of library programs and services,” added Library Director Betsy Fowler. “Your support is what takes this library system from good to great and enables WRL to provide an exceptional level of service to the public.”

Friends of WRL makes it possible to continue and incorporate new programs to enrich community members of all ages by raising the funds needed, WRL said, and the addition allows for additional additions to the library and the delivery of entertainment and educational programming.

For more information on the Friends of WRL, visit For more information on other awards presented by the VLA, go to


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