Annotated Major Donors
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American Library Association
In 2000 the ALA awarded the Library the prestigious Loleta D. Fyan grant to pursue an expanded Feed Me a Story project. This program brings storytimes and a snack to an area supermarket every Saturday.
The support of the Anheuser-Busch Companies Managers Group has been given in assistance of Library efforts.
Proceeds from the raffle held during the Aesthetica Art shows, organized by the local artist group Artipelago, were donated in support of children's craft programs and art scholarships at the library.
Anonymous Animal Grant support
Proceeds from a significant anonymous gift to the
Anonymous Virginia F. Maner PBF support
Proceeds from a significant anonymous gift to the
The Family Computer Literacy Center in the youth services area at the James City County Library was made possible through a contribution from NationsBank, now Bank of America.
Elizabeth D. Banner
Mrs. Banner created the J. Worth Banner Perpetual Book Fund in memory of her husband. This PBF purchases a specific reference book for the library in perpetuity.
Ben and Jerry's
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Ben and Jerry's very generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
Estate of Laurence Bour
Proceeds from Mr. Bour's estate donated to the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation were used to fund outdoor sculpture at the James City County Library.
In commemoration of the opening of the James City County Library, Brodart (the book distributor that handled most of the James City County Library collection purchases) made a generous in-kind gift in the form of a significant credit for purchases made by WRL acquisitions staff.
Estate of Ila I. Brose
A frequent library user and book group participant Mrs. C E. Brose made a significant testamentary bequest in support of the Williamsburg Regional Library. Proceeds from her gift will be invested for the long-term benefit of the library.
Bruton Parish Church
Bruton Parish has made several grants including support of Born to Read, a reading program the library conducts in partnership with Olde Towne Medical Center and Booked from Birth I and II, partnering programs with Williamsburg Community Hospital that provide storytimes and information for families with newborn children.
Estate of J. Genelle Caldwell
Continuing her long history of support in life, Miss Caldwell included a bequest in her will to benefit the Library. Her contribution has funded an endowment to fund children's programs. Undoubtedly, the J. Genelle Caldwell Program room at the Williamsburg Library will be the site for many of these programs.
The Carousel, a local business offering clothing and accessories for infants through preteens, funded give away books for all the children (several thousand) involved with the library's summer outreach reading programs.
Louis E. Catron Living Trust
Proceeds from Dr. Catron's estate donated to the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation were used to establish the Dr. Louis E.Catron, Professor of Theatre Emeritus, College of William and Mary Perpetual Book Fund for the purchase of fiction and theatre materials.
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Chick-fil-A's very generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
Child Development Resource
Child Development Resource has supported the Mother Goose Packets which contain information on area resources and tips on caring for and educating infants. CDR also supports children's literacy programming.
Gladys and Franklin Clark Foundation
The Clark Foundation gave the Library Foundation a tremendous boost by funding the upgrade of furnishings in the renovated Williamsburg Library adult area. The Clark Foundation’s magnificent donation has provided current and future patrons with comfortable and beautiful surroundings to enjoy while visiting the public library. In recognition of this donation the Williamsburg Library's reading room is named for Gladys and Franklin Clark.
Ms. Clark made a donation of over 50 new reference books to the library, adding reference materials that otherwise could not have been acquired.
Colonial Photography/Helen's Place
Resources and programs hosted by Youth Services have been enhanced tremendously through Colonial Photography's program to donate of a portion of sitting fees to benefit the library. generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Colonial Williamsburg has been a generous supporter of the Williamsburg Regional Library programs.
Robin Cantor Cooke and William C. Cooke
The Cookes have been generous supporters of the library, as well as Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.
Isabelle B. Cosby
The Isabelle Cosby room recognizes the generous support of the library by Mrs. Cosby over many years.
Country Contractors, Inc.
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Country Contractor's very generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Cox Communications’s very generous support.
Virginia E. and Charles F. Crone
the Crones have been generous supporters of the Williamsburg Regional Library.
Marty and Robert DeWelt
Mr. and Mrs. DeWelt continue to support the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation. Over the years, they have established multiple Perpetual Book Funds in honor and memory of loved ones, as well as supporting the library through fund raisers and other means.
Disabled American Veterans
The DAV supports the Beacon of Freedom Award, presented annually to an author whose work introduces American history, from Colonial times through the Civil War, to children in a historically-accurate and engaging manner.
Dominion Virginia Power
Dominion Virginia Power provided a generous grant in support of a reading program the Library conducted in partnership with
Louisa F. France
Prior to her death in May 2001 Ms.
The Herbert Friedman Library Fund was established in 1996 in memory of Dr. Friedman. Friedman Fund resources have supported the library's summer reading program, Lit Kits and children's book collection.
Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library
Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library are dedicated to making our libraries a better place for both staff and patrons. The Friends board promotes interest in our libraries by sponsoring cultural programs for the community, and providing funds for special services and grants. Through a formal grant process, The Friends of the Library currently returns about $50,000 a year to the library to support programming and to purchase materials.
The Giant Step Award for 2004 was awarded to the Williamsburg Regional Library for Looking to Learn by Thomas Gale and School Library Journal.
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Glamour Shots’s in-kind support of incentive prizes.
Amy A. and Benjamin J. Goldberg
The Goldbergs have been generous supporters of the Williamsburg Regional Library, and well as the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.
The Grantsmanship Center, Inc.
TGCI has provided programming support for Williamsburg Regional Library.
The Green Spring Garden Club support the purchase of gardening materials at the Williamsburg Regional Library.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Gates Foundation granted four computers to the Williamsburg Library to expand the electronic resources available to patrons.
L. K. and E. M. Halverson Trust
Elsie Halverson and her husband supported the Williamsburg Regional Library, and others, through the generous disbursement of their estate to several local organizations. Proceeds from this gift will be invested for the long-term benefit of the library.
Patsy J. Hansel and James J. Govern
While living in the area Ms. Hansel and her husband Mr. Govern were frequent and generous supporters of the library. Besides funding several Perpetual Book Funds, they also gave a contribution that was recognized by naming the quiet study at James City County Library in memory of Ms. Hansel's father.
Kathy and Bruce Hornsby
Mr. and Mrs. Hornsby have supported the library foundation endowment and children's summer programs.
Paula J. and Lee R. Hougen
The Hougens established and have supported the Bernhard O. Hougen Perpetual Book Fund.
Sarah R. and Wright B. Houghland
The Houghlands established and have supported the Maxwell B. Houghland and Sally Robards Roberts Perpetual Book Funds.
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Houghton Mifflin helped to support the WRL hosted Arbuthnot Lecture in 2006.
Linda T. Hunt
Mrs. Hunt established and has supported the Pauline G. Totty Perpetual Book Fund.
James City County
In past year, Innovation Grants from
James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners Club
The Master Gardeners provided a grant to create the Children's Garden to celebrate the opening of the James City County Library in 1996. The continue to support the library with donations and the establishment of the James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners Perpetual Book Fund.
Junior Woman's Club of
The Junior Woman's Club of Williamsburg generously support children's resources and programs, including the Wheel of Reading and commemorative donations.
Grace M. Kitzinger
Mrs. Kitzinger's contribution funded an endowment to support programs hosted by the
Mrs. Lee's gifts established the Children's Book Art Collection at the Williamsburg Library. The collection is named in memory of her granddaughter, Susanne Sherville Austin, who was an aspiring artist.
Along with other programs, grants received through the Library of Virginia have supported the Feed Me a Story reading program in the Burton Woods neighborhood, Mother Goose Packets for new parents, the development of the library's Mobile Internet Learning Center (MILC), and the
Lions Club of
The Lions Club of Williamsburg generously granted the library funds to create computer work stations at the
Forbes Maner established the Virginia F. Maner Perpetual Book Fund to honor his mother, Ginna Maner, a long time Library volunteer. The Maner Family continues to increase the value of this Perpetual Book Fund.
Eric McDonald established the Walter G. and Betty C. McDonald Perpetual Book Fund to honor his parents, Walter and Betty McDonald. The McDonald Family continues to increase the value of this Perpetual Book Fund.
Jane G. and Robert McGaw
The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. McGaw is impressive. Through their contributions the Library has created the McGaw computer room at James City County Library and the McGaw Family Computer Literacy Center at the Williamsburg Library. The library's wireless Internet access within the Williamsburg Library was made possible through the McGaw's contributions. Mr. and Mrs. McGaw also supported the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation's Collection Endowment and the Gab Bag program.
Millbrook Press, Inc.
In 2001 the Youth Services department at the Williamsburg Regional Library received the Lee Elliott Memorial Award from Millbrook Press. This award recognized the excellence in programs and services provided by the Youth Services department and came with funding to be used toward needs in that department.
Ann and John Milliman
The Millimans have been generous supporters of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.
Ileen G. and John A. Moorman
The Moormans have been generous supporters of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.
Ruth C. Mullaney
Mrs. Mullaney established and has supported the John Mullaney Perpetual Book Fund.
Ursula J. Murden
The Murdens have been generous supporters of the Williamsburg Regional Library, and well as the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.
Narnia Books for Children, Inc.
Narnia Books has supported Children’s programs.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Through grant support the NEH has supported lectures, exhibits and programs at the
Betty Parkany and Family
For many years Mrs. Parkany anmd her family have supported the library foundation through a family Perpetual Book Fund and other donations.
Parlett's Card & Gift Boutique
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Partlett's generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
In memory of Patricia Schell
The Schell family have pledged their support of the library and requested that their contributions be made in memory of Mrs. Patricia Schell. In recognition, the Williamsburg Library's largest meeting room was renamed in memory of Patricia Schell.
Carol Wallace Sherman
The Shermans have supported the Library through undesignated contributions to the library's foundation as well as the establishment of a Perpetual Book Fund. Their support allows the Library Foundation board, in consultation with Library staff, the flexibility to use funds where they are most needed and also expands the materials collection through the Roger Durand Sherman Perpetual Book Fund.
In 1999 and 2002 Brio train tables were
Over the years, library summer
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through Sonic's very generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 2095, James City Cavalry
The Sons of Confederate Veterans donated more than 125 volumes of Virginia Regimental Histories.
In 2001 the Library received a grant from Square One through the Ready to Ready Initiative that will fund BookSmart. BookSmart provided activities that immersed children in programs that support emergent literacy. An adult component empowered parents of participants to use books with their children continuing the literacy process.
The TAFT Group
This publishing house awarded the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation a grant to establish the precursor to the
Target has supported community literacy and programs at the library, particularly in regard to children.
The Teaching Company
The Teaching Company contributed numerous new teaching lectures to the library's collection in 2003.
Elaine M. Themo
Dr. Themo has been a generous supporter of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation.
Ukrop's Monticello Marketplace
The Summer Reading programs benefitted tremendously through Ukrop’s generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
Verizon Foundation grant support of the Mobile Internet Learning Center (MILC) -- MILC, Delivered by Verizon -- advanced a WRL initiative to deliver electronic resources to areas of the community that do not have access to such information, using a laptop server and four laptop clients and satellite technology. Verizon supports the Wheel of Reading each summer, as well.
Virginia Commission for the Arts
the Virginia Commission has supported library programming.
Virginia Living Museum
The Summer Reading programs have benefitted tremendously through VLM's very generous in-kind support of incentive prizes.
Members of the Walecka family give to the Library with a generous annual gift in memory of James Dirk Walecka. Their donations go toward new books for the Library collection.
Mary Lou Walten
Mrs. Walten established and has supported the Max. G. Walten M.D. Perpetual Book Fund.
Weavers of the Word
The Weavers established and have supported the Weavers of the Word Perpetual Book Fund.
In memory of Phillip West
To improve access to cancer-related information, Mr. West's family has donated funds to develop the
WGBH Educational Foundation
WGBH awarded the Library an Arthur's Adventure grant to create an innovative program building on the popularity of the Arthur books and television series. WRL, partnering with WHRO-TV and
Williamsburg Area Arts Commission
The Arts Commission has supported author/illustrator visits to the schools and the library, art shows, and Looking to Learn.
Williamsburg Community Health Foundation
The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation established a Perpetual Book Fund that endows the
The Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation is steward of the endowments that annually support Library programs and materials enhancement. Through Perpetual Book Funds, endowment income and occasion grants, the Foundation continues to work toward fulfilling the needs of library users.