March/April 2016


Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Craig GrazianoCRAIG GRAZIANO has been appointed as Youth Services Manager of the England Run Branch. He has worked at the CRRL since 2002 when he started as a Page. For the past 5 years he has been working as a Young Adult Librarian at England Run. Craig has developed strong relationships in the Fredericksburg arts community and enjoys bringing in artists for chalk murals and musicians for teen library events. He has also been actively involved in the England Run MakerLab and planning STEM activities for children. As an undergraduate he was an English major and received his BA from the University of Mary Washington. He earned his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.

Chesterfield County Public Library

Johnson LESLIE JOHNSON joined Chesterfield County Public Library as the Assistant Branch Manager at the Bon Air Library. Leslie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Roanoke College in Salem. She worked as an editor for a publisher in Nashville before earning her Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. Leslie was an elementary school Library Media Specialist in Cambridge, MD, and Youth Services Librarian at the Rehoboth Beach (DE) Public Library. Leslie then relocated to be nearer to her family in Williamsburg. In 2014, she began working as the Children’s and Teen Librarian at the Petersburg Public Library. She is passionate about helping incite people’s love of reading and learning, no matter their age.

BennettANGELA BENNETT was promoted from Assistant Branch Manager to Branch Manager of the Ettrick- Matoaca and Enon Libraries of Chesterfield County Public Library. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Human Services and Management. Angela earned her MLIS from North Carolina Central University after receiving a full scholarship from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. While at NCCU, she spent a month studying at the Royal Library School in Denmark. She has spent time working in libraries in Petersburg and Norfolk, as well as Chesterfield.

Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary

Kim SimsThe James City County Board of Supervisors has appointed KIM SIMS, William & Mary’s university archivist, to the James City County Historical Commission. The commission is responsible for documenting, preserving and promoting the historical heritage of James City County.


Eastern Shore Public Library

Cara Jane BurtonThe Board of Trustees of the Eastern Shore Public Library has appointed CARA JANE BURTON as the library’s new director. Burton, a native of Nassawadox whose family has deep roots on the Eastern Shore, was educated at the College of William and Mary and at Syracuse University where she received a master’s degree in library and information science. For thirteen years she served as director of the Solvay Public Library in upstate New York. Most recently, she was executive director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, Virginia. “Cara Burton has extensive experience in library administration, fund raising, and fostering partnerships,” said Colette Nelson, chair of the Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees. “We are excited by her appointment as director and by the prospect of a new library in Parksley. We feel as if a new era in the library’s history is beginning.” Burton assumed the directorship on January 19, 2016.


Campbell County Public Library

PatronsatTimbrookTimbrook branch of the Campbell County Public Library System

On January 9th, the Campbell County Public Library System opened the long awaited new building for their Timbrook branch. The community had waited decades for a building of their very own to accommodate their growing needs. The former location, a storefront in a shopping center, served an average of 300 people a day in just over 4,000 square feet. The new building is 6,000 square feet with additional room in the basement for future use. Funding for construction came from the county, a HUD grant, and public and corporate donations. This new facility boasts 3 meeting rooms of various sizes, a children’s room, and a quiet room in addition to the beautiful main space.

Chesterfield County Public Library

Festival of the Written WordThe Midlothian Library presented FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN WORD in November. The Midlothian Library has the highest circulation of any library in the system and is truly a community of readers.
This event was specifically designed to meet their literary interests and needs. The Festival included panel discussions with local authors, a NaNoWriMo event, book related crafts for kids, and a presentation by Dean King, author of “The Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys.”



Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University

Patrons at the Lowell Wine Center for Learning ExcellenceLowell Wine Center for Learning Excellence

The Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University is now home to the LOWELL WINE CENTER FOR LEARNING EXCELLENCE (CLE). The new CLE is located on the first floor of the library and includes the Writing Center and the Quantitative Reasoning Center, which are staffed by peer tutors. The renovated space includes a large classroom, a modular tutoring space with whiteboards, and a seminar classroom in the back. Both the library and the CLE benefit from the new location. For the CLE, being in the library increases their visibility and our IT Librarian worked with the program directors to streamline their appointments and check-in system. For the library, the CLE brings more people into the building through tutoring appointments and use of the new classroom space. The CLE classroom is used by the Honors Program for their regular class sessions, our instruction librarians teach in there with Chromebooks, and faculty meetings are scheduled in the space. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Center for Learning Excellence.

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