The Friends raise money through annual dues and through book sales. Year-round book sales are held at the Headquarters, Snow, England Run and Porter Libraries. In addition, the Porter, Salem Church and England Run libraries hold bigger monthly book sales. The Stafford Friends sponsor a hanging plant sale at England Run each spring. Headquarters hosts two big sales a year, one in October and one in April. Friends members are eligible to attend the Preview Party 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.
Larry Towne, President
Sara Toye, Vice President