October 28th, 2013
L to R – Cindy Morgan, publisher The Progress-Index, Ms. Darlene Taylor with AMDC Physicians and Dr. Carlton E. Miller, Reverend Andrew White, Sr., Robert C. “Bob” Walker, president Petersburg Library Foundation and Wayne Crocker, director, Library Services, city of Petersburg.
Petersburg, VA – Dr. Carlton E. Miller, a member of AMDC Physicians, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Clinic in Colonial Heights, VA has donated $50,000 to support the construction of the new Petersburg Public Library. A graduate of Virginia State University and trained in Rheumatology at the University of Virginia, Miller is leading by example. “The new state-of-the-art well-constructed Library will be loaded with technology and resources that are very important for the enrichment and knowledge advancement of our youth and re-education of our adults and seniors. We should reach out to the physicians who have been practicing in Petersburg for decades and serving the community by providing healthcare. The people of Petersburg and the surrounding Tri-Cities and in the Military at Fort Lee, VA have also supported their practices because healthcare is not always free of charge. This is a great opportunity for the HealthCare community to take this challenge and join me by giving back to help educate the next generation of Petersburg citizens and those in surrounding areas.” After completing active duty at Fort Lee Army Base he began practicing Internal Medicine in Petersburg in 1989. Miller is also the Medical Director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Petersburg, which provides rehabilitation services for the needs to the citizens of Petersburg and outlying communities. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Petersburg Alumni Chapter and provides client medical services for Pathways Petersburg on a monthly basis. Petersburg Library Foundation Board President, Robert C. “Bob” Walker said “Dr. Miller’s generous contribution of $50,000 speaks volumes to the value and community need so many have seen in this project. His gift has reduced the optimal dollars we need to successfully close out this campaign to a $533,000. We appreciate his challenge to so many who have yet to come forward to make a charitable contribution to support the Capital Campaign.” In addition to outright gifts or pledges, the Petersburg Library Foundation is selling commemorative bricks and can be purchased online at www.petersburglibraryfoundation.org or by calling 804.733.2387 x 30. The new Library is slated to open mid-February and will be four times larger than the current Central Library that is located in a historic home on South Sycamore Street. It will be the second newest city building in 40 years and the first actual public library built for the city of Petersburg.
October 7th, 2013
The Virginia office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has recognized Wayne M. Crocker as one of five recipients of the Community Leaders Award. Crocker is the Director of Library Services for the City of Petersburg. Also chosen was Robert “Bob” Walker who serves as Chairman of the Petersburg Library Foundation. They both were recognized for their efforts to build the new state-of-the–art library in Petersburg. “It’s not often you hear of a library being built in a city these days” says LISC.
Virginia LISC, realizing that access to quality education is a defining characteristic of a sustainable community, got involved in the library project early on. Virginia LISC helped finance the building efforts through a $2 million Bridge Loan that allowed the construction on the library to begin this past spring, while the Petersburg Library Foundation continues to fundraise. LISC also secured $2.8 million in equity financing, through New Market Tax Credits. For additional information on the new library, please call (804) 733-7815.
October 2nd, 2013
The Petersburg Library Foundation received an additional gift of $10,000 from Boehringer Ingelheim, Petersburg bringing their total commitment to $102,124.00 for the new state-of-the-art Petersburg Public Library. “First and foremost we believe education is the solid base for success in business and life. This facility will help the city develop, create a stronger workforce and give people a new perspective for a prosperous future” said Prof. Dr. Manfred Psiorz, president and CEO Boehringer Ingelheim, Petersburg. Members of the company site Advisory Council toured the new Petersburg Public Library and were impressed by the magnitude of the building, the layout and the programs and services that will be provided once the new facility opens in early 2014. The incredible amounts to rain this past summer created a few obstacles pushing the opening date out 30 more days. James Crowley said “this is a great facility and it will help the children and residents of Petersburg. In this economy, if someone’s home computer breaks down or they lose internet access, the public library will be there best resource to stay current.”
Photo left to right: Michelle Sheldon, James Crowley, Kelsey Perkins, Steve Bleistein, Bob Walker, chairman of the Board, Petersburg Library Foundation, Prof. Dr. Manfred Psiorz, Wayne Crocker, director, Library Services, city of Petersburg.