Your Yearbooks are Wanted!
The Library of Virginia has been awarded a grant to digitize yearbooks to preserve memories.
When we were in high school, many of us remember how exciting it was when yearbooks finally arrived. We quickly leafed through them to see the school year immortalized in photos, counted how often our picture appeared in the pages, or passed them around for our friends to sign. Yearbooks are like time capsules of the things we loved, the sports we played, the clubs we joined, the teachers we had, but most importantly the friends we made. They are an important link to the past, but in the 21st century digitization of yearbooks has put a modern spin on cherished memories and that is why Washington County Public Library is asking residents for help.
Through a grant program, the Library of Virginia is providing a way for public libraries to digitize old yearbooks. This service is free of charge to you and the library. If you have old yearbooks from high schools in Washington County, Virginia, we would love to borrow them to send to the digitization center. It will take about six weeks for the yearbooks to be digitized, then we will contact you when your yearbook is returned to the library and ready for pick up. This should be sometime in mid-to-late May. Due to copyright law, digitization only includes yearbooks up to 1977.
Please drop off your high school yearbooks at any of our library locations before April 1.
Once several yearbooks have been digitized, we’ll post a link on the library’s website for anyone who wants take a walk down memory lane, plan a high school reunion or find photos that will make children and grandchildren children hoot with laughter.
Digitization of yearbooks has been a great success in other counties of Virginia, and we think it presents an excellent opportunity for Washington County, too.