The Upper Tampa Bay Library Foundations priority is to obtain the funds and materials to increase the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library from 15,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet. This includes the books, shelving and other amenities to help enhance the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library's capabilities supporting the communities needs.
Virginia Kroll a former teacher whose students inspired her to write Faraway Drums, is the award-winning author of such critically acclaimed books as Masai and I, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1992; Fireflies, Peach Pies & Lullabies; Hats Off to Hair!; Africa Brothers and Sisters; and Wood-Hoopoe Willie, which won an American Book Award for excellence in multicultural literature
The Upper Tampa Bay Library Foundation Incorporated (UTBLF) was formed on August 7, 2002 as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation. We are a membership organization whose mission is to raise funds to enhance the cultural, educational and informational environment of the Upper Tampa Bay community by providing library services, facilities, programs and collections beyond those provided by the traditional tax base funding of the Tampa Public Library System.