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Roanoke Libraries Receives Outside Funding Support

Library staff actively pursue and seeking outside funding to enhance library services. The following is a short list of some of the grants and donations recently received:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Several grants were received to provide public access computers and two laptop mobile labs.

Dorothy Koch Family Foundation - Providing funding support for the Raleigh Court Branch Library .

Early Literacy Activity Centers - Three libraries (Main Library, Raleigh Court Library, Williamson Road Library) received educational and manipulative items to teach early literacy skills through play. Funding was through the federal Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Library of Virginia.

Find It Virginia - A collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazines and journal articles as well as encyclopedias. Funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Library of Virginia.

Howery Family - Provided funding to renovate the Reference area, Computer Lab and the Virginia Room at the Main Library in memory of Darryl Howery.

Oakey Collection - The Oakey Collection increases the awareness of end of life issues through educational and informational resources. The collection serves individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals. Funding provided through the Oakey's Funeral Service in memory of Samuel G. Oakey II.

Roanoke Public Library Foundation - For their continued support since 1952 of the Roanoke Public Libraries. - Staff Scheduling software donated to the library from ShiftPlanning.

TechSoup - Provides and administers software donations (such as Microsoft Office) from corporations to libraries and nonprofits.

TumbleBookLibrary - Interactive eBooks for children. Funding provided through federal funding from the Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Library of Virginia.