WRL advances to public library top eight

The community continues to rally around Williamsburg Regional Library as it advances closer to the title of best library in the nation. On Monday, WRL announced it received enough votes to enter the elite eight competing for the Engaging Local Government Leaders Knope Award.

The NCAA-style tournament initially featured more than 100 public libraries from across the U.S. bidding for recognition. In the last round, the Williamsburg library defeated that of Evansville, Indiana. The round featuring the final eight features a southern showdown, pitting the Williamsburg organization against the Chapel Hill Public Library in North Carolina.

In a news release, library director Betsy Fowler thanked the community for the support thus far. WRL is encouraging fans to vote online and share the contest with friends and through social media in hopes of advancing to the final four.

The “Eagleton Eight” round, another reference to local government sitcom “Parks and Recreation” much like the Knope Award moniker, also introduces another way for supporters to help their favorite library. Those interested may cast another vote with a tweet featuring a library selfie accompanied by #SelfieInTheStacks and the library’s name.

To vote and for more information, visit bit.ly/2EBsEE1. Voting ends Friday.

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