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.