The Friends raise money through annual dues and proceeds from our book shops and book sales. By spring 2018, we will have year-round book shops located in all of our branches. In addition, the Howell, Porter, Salem Church and Snow Branches hold monthly book sales. The Fredericksburg Branch hosts two big sales a year, one in October and one in April. Friends members are eligible to attend the Preview Night on the evening before the sales open to the public.
Membership is active for one year from join date.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library have been a vital part of the CRRL’s success since the very beginning. In the late 1960s a group of Friends lobbied successfully for the establishment of the regional library at a time when the only library in the area was in Fredericksburg. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library was launched in July, 1969, as a demonstration project by the State Library. The Friends of the Library reconstituted with the goal of supporting the newly opened Regional Library.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library was officially established as a tax exempt organization on July 6, 1973. The goals were and remain to raise funds to enhance the services of the CRRL, to focus public attention on the library, and to support the library in developing library services and facilities for the region.
The Tobin Society is named in memory of Frank Tobin, former Library Board Chair, founding member of the Friends of the CRRL, and stalwart supporter of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
The Wallace Society is named in memory of Captain Wister Wallace, who in 1907 bequeathed $15,000 to the City of Fredericksburg for the purpose of establishing a permanent library to be called the “Wallace Library.”
The Cote Society is named in honor of Donna Cote, the Library Director from 1981-2015. Donna oversaw the growth of the CRRL from two buildings, the former Lafayette School in Fredericksburg and a storefront in Colonial Beach, to the library system of today with nine new or renovated buildings that serve over 300,000 people. Under her leadership, the CRRL established vital community partnerships that ensure the library is recognized as a resource for lifelong learning, a destination for artistic enrichment, and a welcoming community meeting center.
Candace Rhyne Schmidt, President
Please let me introduce myself. I am Candace Rhyne Schmidt and I am happy to accept Larry Towne’s appointment to serve out the remainder of his term as president of the Friends of CRRL. I have a long history of library involvement at many levels - customer, friend, volunteer, librarian, and most recently, retired librarian. Throughout my 40 year career, I have worked in academic libraries, special association libraries, and public libraries in two states, including 23 years with CRRL.
I am grateful for Larry's leadership and dedication over the years, both as a member of the Library Board of Trustees and then as President of the Friends. He has agreed to make himself available to me if needed. I am hoping to continue with the Advisory Committee he established this past spring.
We are fortunate to be part of such an exceptional regional library system, and one of the reasons for its continued excellence is this active and dedicated group of Friends. I look forward to working with all of you as we lend our support to the library’s mission of lifelong learning.
Stephanie Lyles, Vice President
Ann Beals, Treasurer