Blackwater Regional Library

Board of Trustees

Blackwater Regional Library operates under a governing Board of Trustees. Each locality’s Board of Supervisors/City Council appoints members of the Board of Trustees to serve 4-year terms. The Board meets monthly, excluding August and December. All meetings are open to the public and generally take place on the third Wednesday of the month.

The Board of Trustees can be contacted by emailing or by sending physical mail to:

Blackwater Regional Library Board of Trustees
22511 Main Street
Courtland, VA 23837

Please indicate in any correspondence if you would like a specific member of the Board to respond to your inquiry.


City of Franklin

Judge Alfreda Talton-Harris, term expires 6/30/2027
Terri Hedgepeth, term expires 6/30/2024
Pamela Lease, term expires 6/30/2026

Isle of Wight County

Sylvia Claggett, Secretary, term expires 6/30/2026
Rita Gibson, term expires 6/30/2027
Connie Henderson, term expires 6/30/2025
Michelle Manfred, term expires 6/30/2024
Denise Tynes, term expires 6/30/2024
Pam Vaughan, term expires 6/30/2025

Southampton County

MeChelle Blunt, term expires 6/30/2027
Jennifer Cuthbertson, term expires 6/30/2026
William Worsham, Chair, term expires 6/30/2025

Surry County

Deborah Dawson, Vice-Chair, term expires 6/30/2026

Sussex County

Ora Briggs, term expires 6/30/2026
Jessica Moore, term expires 6/30/2025

MEETING SCHEDULE – July 2022 – June 2023

All meetings are held at the Franklin Branch Library located at 280 N. College Drive, Franklin, VA 23851 unless otherwise noted.

  • Mission

    Our purpose is to
    provide online and print resources,
    access to innovative technologies 
    and a skilled staff to patrons
    in our service area.

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  • Who We Serve

    Blackwater Regional Library
    serves the communities of:
    Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry
    and Sussex Counties 
    and the City of Franklin

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.