Calling all readers! Betsy’s Little Library is a newcomer to the Salem Museum’s grounds. A delightful addition to the neighborhood, it was designed and built by Ray Ward, and stocked with books for all ages by Jane Ward, in memory of Betsy Vannoy. The Library is a miniature version of the Museum’s Williams-Brown House.
Betsy, an avid reader, opened The Paperback Exchange, an independent bookstore with two locations that became a Roanoke staple for over 25 years. She cherished her relationships with her employees, her customers, and the organizations she supported through her many book donations, such as to the Roanoke Rescue Mission, to various school reading programs, and to American military units serving abroad. Betsy’s Little Library was given by her children: Susan Vannoy Garnand, Jane Vannoy Ward, Jim Vannoy, and Nancy Vannoy Totten.
Visit the Salem Museum to see Betsy’s Little Library and learn more about local history.
The Salem Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and located at 801 E. Main St.