Terrace at Montclair Library Dedicated to Kind and Dedicated Volunteer

Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr +

Provided by Prince William County

pwc library

Fran Chavez’s grandson, Nicholas Chavez, said his grandmother was loving, smart, generous, and above all, kind. “She knew no strangers. Everyone who met her loved her,” Nicholas, a student at Forest Park High School, said during a recent tribute to name the terrace at the Montclair Community Library after his grandmother.

Burk Andrews, the chairman of the Prince William Public Library System Board of Trustees, spoke of Fran Chavez during the naming ceremony. He said Chavez, who served on the library board for 26 years until 2011, oversaw the opening of six neighborhood libraries and helped with the opening of two regional libraries. “Fran was an integral part of our expanding library system, as she participated in the ongoing… aspects of an expanding library system.”

Chavez was appointed as the Neabsco District trustee to the library board by Prince William Supervisor John D. Jenkins in 1983, when there were only two community libraries in the county. Later, when she moved to the Dumfries Magisterial District, now the Potomac District, Prince William Supervisor Maureen S. Caddigan reappointed her to the library board.

Caddigan said naming the “beautiful” terrace after Chavez was “wonderful” and that the naming would honor Chavez, who died in 2015. “She will be remembered.”

Over the years, Andrews said, Chavez attended 286 library board meetings and acted as a mentor to many trustees.

Dick Murphy, the former director of the Prince William Public Library System, worked with Chavez for much of the time she served on the library board and said she helped deal with freedom of assembly issues related to community rooms, freedom of speech issues related to internet access and censorship issues related to book collections. “Fran was strong and resolute. She served on the library board as we dealt with many difficult and contentious issues over the years.”

Murphy said Chavez was an ardent supporter of the libraries through all of her time serving the community. “It is wonderful to be here to honor someone who made a difference in the community while maintaining her dignity and inherently kind nature.”

Fran Chavez’s husband, Benjamin Chavez, said his wife would have enjoyed having the terrace bear her name and echoed his grandson’s and Murphy’s sentiments regarding Chavez. “It’s something that she would have been extremely proud of. She was the kindest person I ever met, and kindness was synonymous with what she did. She loved the library. It was her passion.”


Leave A Reply