Library and Staff Awards
In 2014, for the seventh consecutive time, the national publication Library Journal has rated Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) as one of the best public libraries in the U.S., naming WRL as one of only four star-rated libraries in Virginia. The Library Journal star ratings are earned by only 3% of the 7,586 public libraries measured nationwide.
In June 2013, Del. Michael B. Watson representative for Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Newport News, presented the WRL Board of Trustees with House Joint Resolution No. 955. The resolution commends WRL for the four-star rating it received from “Library Journal” in 2012 and also expresses the General Assembly’s admiration for the library’s success and service to the community.
In 2012, for the fifth consecutive time, the national publication “Library Journal” rated WRL as one of the best public libraries in the U.S. by giving it four-stars, the only four-star rated library in Virginia. WRL is one of 111 public libraries nationwide, out of more than 7,500 measured, that have received a star rating for all five editions of the publication.
WRL received an award for "Outstanding Program for Seniors" at the 2012 annual meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors’ Association. "Short Takes" is a monthly programming series designed specifically for audiences in adult care centers. "Short Takes" is a multisensory program, lasting fifteen to twenty minutes. These talks are designed to enrich library users' lives throug learning, conversation, and the sharing of memories. Examples of past topics include Ragtime, big band music, country music legendas, Bob Hope and the USO, timeless toys, colonial dancing, the county fair, and the Royal Wedding.
In 2011, the library received a four-star rating from Library Journal. WRL is one of only eighty-seven four-star libraries in the country, and one of only two four-star libraries in Virginia.
- WRL received two awards for its programs at the 2011 annual meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors’ Association. “Constitutional Conversations,” a monthly discussion series encouraging dialog about key aspects of our nation’s founding document, was honored in the category of Cooperative Programs with Other Libraries or Agencies serving a population of 50,000 - 99,999. “Constitutional Conversation,” was jointly sponsored by WRL, the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William and Mary Law School and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Law students at the College of William and Mary developed the program and also led and moderated each of the monthly sessions, which were tailored to different age groups. The library was also recognized with the Outstanding Young Adult Program for “A Shivery Night That Lingers,” activities surrounding a visit by N.Y. Times best-selling author Maggie Stiefvater. The events attracted about 200 people from as far away as southwestern Virginia and Philadelphia, making it one of the most successful teen programs the Williamsburg Regional Library has ever hosted.
- The Library received two awards at the 2010 annual meeting of Virginia Public Library Directors Association. “Looking for a Good Book – Readers’ Advisory Circulating Collection” received the Outstanding Adult Program Award in our population category and “Outreach Speakers Bureau Service” received the Outstanding Program for Seniors Award. Congratulations to all who are a part of these excellent programs!
- Between 2008-2010, the library received a five-star rating from Library Journal - a national library publication. It was one of only eighty-five public libraries nation-wide to receive this recognition.