School Author Visits 2021 ($8,000)
WRL has a long-running partnership with the WJCC Public Schools, and an important piece of that relationship is the collaboration to bring children’s book authors in to talk about the craft of writing with elementary and middle school classes. These programs are an important part of the library’s commitment to building childhood literacy.
3-D Printing Supplies for PPE ($1,000); 3-D Printing Supplies for PPE Phase II ($2,000)
In the early days of the pandemic, supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) were short and with the help of the Friends, WRL was able to make and distribute over 2,000 face shields to local healthcare workers, local government essential employees, and caregivers at long-term adult care facilities.
Youth Summer Reading 2020 ($12,000)
Despite having to move the programming completely online due to pandemic restrictions, the kids and teens 2020 Summer Reading series successfully brought books, performances, and a love of reading to children throughout the community.
Learning to Go Collection ($6,000)
With schools closed and families on lockdown, WRL recognized the need for materials beyond books to support both education and entertainment. This led to the development of the Learning to Go collection, which features games, crafting supplies, educational toys, and more available to be checked out. With over 200 individual kits, this innovative collection enriches family and personal life by allowing users to sample and explore different types of activities and learn about different applications from science to music to art.
Craft & Activities for Adults & Children ($7,000)
With in-person programming not possible, the library quickly pivoted to a craft pickup style option, where staff put together craft and activity kits for users to pickup curbside at the library. This project kept users of all ages supplied with engaging and fun activities while the community had limited options for getting out.
Youth Services StoryWalks™ ($1,000)
With indoor activities closed down, the library’s StoryWalk™ project allowed families to take a walk out of doors and read a story in the green space behind the James City County Library.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten ($5,000)
Reading to a child increases his or her vocabulary and knowledge of the world, critical components of reading success. It also helps build a lifelong love of books and learning. This early childhood literacy program helps parents get their children read for school by establishing a regular read-aloud pattern.