On Tuesday, December 19, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution renaming England Run Branch as William J. Howell Branch, in honor of the retiring House of Delegates Speaker. The resolution can be found here on the Stafford County website, and the Free Lance-Star covered the change in this article. Speaker Howell has served in the General Assembly since 1988, and he and his wife Cessie have been library supporters for many years.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library has enjoyed continued support from Stafford County, which has contributed to the growth of the library system. Since the name change was announced, CRRL has had many questions on how naming rights for library branches work. Each participating jurisdiction provides the financial support to build and maintain the branches. Ownership and naming rights reside with the locality.
CRRL will begin using the new name in the next few weeks, and the county will be updating the signage as soon as possible. This is just one of the exciting changes that CRRL is welcoming in 2018!