Wisteria Festival ($3,500)

Shifting these funds, initially designated for the Wisteria Festival (cancelled due to the pandemic), to digital collections allowed WRL to meet the increased need for online resources while the library buildings were closed or operating under limited hours.

Digital Programming Equipment ($4,000)

As WRL’s robust programming lineup moved completely virtual due to the pandemic, the purchase of high-quality sound and video equipment ensured that our virtual programming would be as strong as our in-person programming.

Adult Summer Reading Program ($5,000)

Even though the library was only partially open for the summer, our summer reading program for adult readers enjoyed strong participation and the grant supported the prizes for avid readers.

One Book, One Community ($8,500)

The second in WRL’s One Book One Community program put on in partnership with W&M was a success, despite the challenges of moving all the programming online. Culminating in a well-attended program by author Jason Reynolds, the library put on a series of events around the theme of racial justice over the course of January and February.

Job Skills Challenge ($3,000)

Over 140 participants in the WRL Jobs Challenge have found resources to build skills and knowledge whether starting a job search, looking for a career change, or wanting to start a business.

Adult Winter Reading Program ($3,000)

Engaging and building a community of readers strengthens the entire community. The winter reading program gave adult readers a fun and encouraging outlet to share their reading journey.

BookPage Subscription ($3,500)

BookPage is another important tool in supporting the reading interests of the entire community, offering reviews, authors information and reading suggestions for readers of all ages.

Document Lab ($4,000)

WRL supports the community in many ways. Equipment for “do-it-yourself” digitization of photos, documents and audiovisual recordings and other formats included in this grant will allow users to preserve family history and stories, including photographs, letters, documents, and more, in digital format.

Tutor.com ($5,000)

The Tutor.com grant was proposed in order to support student learning as schools moved to online-only instruction during the pandemic. Limited use of the resource by students resulted in WRL not renewing the product after the initial grant period.

Kanopy Streaming Video Year 3 ($13,000)

Digital collections continue to be popular with library users, and during the pandemic were a key component to WRL’s success in serving users even while closed or operating under limited hours. This final year of the Kanopy grant allowed WRL the time to operationalize a budget for streaming video going forward.

Spanish Language Materials Collection ($5,000)

With a key component of our strategic plan being to reach underserved communities, this grant enabled the library to build a collection of ebooks in Spanish for adults, teens, and children.

WiFi Hotspots Lending Program – Phase II ($10,000)

WRL’s hotspot lending program was a key piece to responding to community needs for affordable and reliable internet access. This was particularly the case during the pandemic, when so many daily activities, from school to healthcare to work moved online.

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.

Staff Connections Committee ($2,000)

The WRL staff connections committee puts on small events at both library locations to bring staff together and encourage a sense of camaraderie and collaboration.