Renew your membership!


A new year is already in full-swing and it is once again time to renew your West Virginia Library Association memberships. WVLA memberships are good from January 1st, 2017—December 31st 2017. Those who renew prior to March 1st will receive the discounted member rate at Spring Fling 2017--held April 6 & 7 at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center.

We are encouraging online membership renewal and welcome new members! If you should have questions about online membership registration, please call Kelly Funkhouser at (304) 291-7425 ext. 208. Jay Gummer will be assuming the duties of conference registration and may be reached at (304) 291-7425 ext. 216.

Steve Shackelford, 2nd Vice President, WVLA
Parkersburg & Wood Co. Public Library
3100 Emerson Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26104
304-420-4587 ext. 512

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Legislative Day is Monday, February 27, 2017.

FROM:  Ann Farr, Chair WVLA Legislative Committee

  • Legislative Day is Monday, February 27, 2017.
  • Exhibits in the Rotunda 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • A reception for legislators will be held in the Reading Room of the Library Commission from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Legislative Committee wants to insure that every Senator and Delegate gets a personal visit that day from one of their constituents and is encouraged to attend the reception where he or she will have additional opportunities to talk with “their people”.

We also want to present exhibits in the Rotunda that highlight the contributions libraries make to the economic, educational and cultural success of our communities and the State of WV.

We need you to do 2 things:

  1.      Look over the list of service tables and people to contact.  Pick one you feel you can contribute to – something you feel your library does especially well – email or call the person listed and sign on to help with that display.  It is important that every county be represented in this effort so that when representatives come looking for constituents there will be someone there!   WVLA will prepare a master list of all the counties and the location of the tables where they are located within the Rotunda which will be provided to legislators.
  2.      Email [email protected] and:
  •         Tell us who your representatives are (there are new ones and no master list yet) and which of them you have already talked to and which ones you will be visiting on Feb 27th.
  •         Tell us which of the services you are helping with so that we can include your county on the list for legislators.
  •         Please do not reply to this message.  Please use: [email protected]


Service Tables for

Library Day at the Legislature 2017

11:00 – 4:00 in the Upper Rotunda 


  1.           Business support – Christy Carver, Greenbrier County Public Library 304-647-7568 [email protected]

Greenbrier County


  1.       Referral services and e-government services such as FAFSA, ACA, SSI, etc. David Owens, Cabell County PL 304-528-5700 [email protected]


         Cabell County



  1.       Children’s services   Amy Stover, Raleigh County Public Library Phone 304-255-0511 [email protected] 


         Raleigh County


4.      Programming – Bonnie Dwire (did I spell that right?) 304-291-7425 [email protected]


         Monongalia County

         Brooke County



5.      Reading materials – books, magazines, newspapers - Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County                                                                 

         304-343-4646 ext. 1229 [email protected]


         Kanawha County


  1.       E-services; WV-READS – Sara Ramezan [email protected] and WVDeli- Toni Blessing  Kanawha County


   Cabell County

   Kanawha County



  1.       Local collections – Catherine Clevenger, Clarksburg Harrison 304-627-2236  [email protected]


         Harrison County


8.      ABE/ Literacy   Margaret Smith, Hamlin-Lincoln County, 304-824-5481 [email protected]  and Paulette Kirby, Monroe County PL


         Lincoln County



  1.       Educational support – books for curriculum support, tutoring, bookmobile visits, class visits, classroom visits, proctoring, class cards, deposit collections, etc.  Sarah Palfrey, Summersville Public Library 304-872-0844 [email protected]


          Nicholas County

          Summers County


  1.    Job services – resume creation, job applications, job testing   Elizabeth Tackett, Buffalo Creek Memorial Library [email protected] 304-583-7887



11.   Public access computing – Christy Carver, Greenbrier County Public Library  [email protected]    304-647-7568 



12.   Extension/OutReach  services – Judy Gunsaulis, Fayette County Public Library 304-465-0121 [email protected]


         Fayette County


  1.    Reference – statewide databases - Elizabeth Fraser, Kanawha County 304-343-4646 ext. 1229 [email protected]


         Kanawha County


 14.   Community center, meeting areas, etc. Dottie Thomas, Ohio Co. 304-232-0244 [email protected]


Ohio County



15.   Non-book collections – oddities, yearbooks, curiosities - Carol McClung, Rupert Public Library 304-392-6158 [email protected]


Greenbrier County


16.  Special Libraries – WV State Law Library - Kaye L. Maerz is developing this table.


17.  School Libraries – School Library Division – Suzie Martin [email protected]

18.   Academic Libraries – WVLA Academic Library Division- Martha Yancey [email protected]



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