Fundraising for purchase of a new bookmobile for the Patrick County Branch Library just received a big boost, with the announcement of a $20,000 grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation. The grant will go to the Blue Ridge Regional Library Foundation, the library system’s charitable partner organization, to aid in purchase of a new vehicle to replace the beloved but aging bookmobile that serves all of the county’s elementary schools and communities. A fundraising drive for a new vehicle was launched one year ago, and thus far has put together $134,000 in funding from local government, donations from individuals, businesses and community groups, and proceeds from fundraising events. The addition of the Reynolds Foundation grant brings the total to $154,000, moving the project significantly closer to its goal of $185,000. It is hoped that the new bookmobile will be purchased and put in service before the end of 2018.
The Richmond-based Richard S. Reynolds Foundation was established in 1955 by Julia Louise Reynolds, to carry on the legacy of her husband, the founder of the Reynolds Metals Company. The foundation has provided over $50 million in grants to community and worldwide organizations, supporting a broad range of causes in areas such as science, education, healthcare, the environment and the arts. In earlier grant cycles, the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation has given grants to the Patrick County Education Foundation and to the Virginia Tech Foundation for projects at the Reynolds Homestead. The Blue Ridge Regional Library Foundation was set up in 2014 to raise money for special projects and capital spending needs for the library system that serves Patrick and Henry Counties and the City of Martinsville. The bookmobile project is its first major fundraising effort.