Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared
to that of an ignorant nation. — Walter Cronkite


The Chesapeake Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was created in 1996 when a group of motivated and concerned community leaders joined to focus their energy and attention on providing private support to build an outstanding library system in Chesapeake.

Since then, the Foundation has raised private funds to augment and support library programs, collections, improvements and services. Foundation support has been central to:

  • Purchasing copiers and printers for public use at all seven branches
  • Converting the children’s rooms to early learning centers at all seven branches
  • Securing the first work-force development grant awarded  to a library in the U.S.
  • Enhancing crucial programs such as the Summer Reading Program and establishing new programs such as the Smart Start Chesapeake Early Learning & STEAM Program


The Library Foundation strengthens communities by supporting excellence in the Chesapeake Public Library system through philanthropy, advocacy and outreach.

CPL Foundation Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

Dawn Matheson, Chair

CEO, Mom's Choice Awards

Dan G. Bell, Director

CEO, Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative

Sheree Best, Director

Senior Vice President, TowneBank
Jean Carideo, Director

Jean Carideo, Director

Retired, Chesapeake Public Library
Pattyanne Krupp, Esq., Director

Pattyanne Krupp, Esq., Director


Stuart Glasser, Esq., Director Emeritus

Stuart Glasser, Esq., Director Emeritus

C. Edward Russell, Jr., Esq., Director Emeritus

C. Edward Russell, Jr., Esq., Director Emeritus

Kaufman & Canoles


Victoria Strickland-Cordial, Ex-Officio

Director, Chesapeake Public Library

Foundation Staff

Debbie McKee

Debbie McKee

Executive Director
Phyllis A. Schirle

Phyllis A. Schirle

Business Manager