Lieutenant. Colonel James R. Mailler loved the Library.
In fact, he loved the Shirlington Branch Library so much that when he died in March 2011, his will included a donation to Shirlington for branch projects.
Lt. Col. Mailler’s generosity is a symbol of how much he valued the free aspect of public libraries. His nephews say that their uncle lived by the mantra “a Wall Street Journal provided by the library is one I don’t have to buy myself.” He also frequently shared with them how much joy he received from spending his days in the Library and surrounding shops in Shirlington.
Our first project with the bequest has been to rejuvenate the Library’s back patio garden:
A memorial plaque in honor of Lt. Col. Mailler has been added
to a chair to the window next to the newspapers, where he often sat. In reflection of his life and his personality, the plaque reads:
The Shirlington Library Garden
Rejuvenated thanks to the generosity of Lt. Col. James R. Mailler, U.S. Army (Ret.)
September 23, 1927 – March 21, 2011
An extraordinary man and loyal patron of the Shirlington Branch Library for many years.
We’re proud to have been such an important part of Lt. Col. Mailler’s life.