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Petersburg Library Foundation wrapping up first Champion Reader Program

Published: March 31, 2010

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PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Library Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Bank of America have high hopes for big results from the first Champion Reader Program; a program established to encourage youth up to 18 to read an extra 30 minutes a day. Paralleled with National Reading Month foundation officials created this new program as a way to promote literacy, love of reading, and raise money for the new 56,000 sq. ft. library that will be built at the corner of Washington and Market Streets in downtown Petersburg.

The Champion Reader Program will wrap up tomorrow, and participants can bring their completed forms and sponsorships to the McKenney Central Library located at 137 S Sycamore St.

Foundation staff will be onsite from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Champion Reader title will be awarded to the participant that spends the most time reading and raises the most money for the new Library. The first place champion reader will win a $1,000 gift certificate to Southpark Mall; second place winner will win a one year annual pass to Busch Gardens Williamsburg; third place winner will win a playtime card from Swader’s Sport Park. All participants will receive a gift for being a part of the program.

For more information about the Champion Reader Program, please call Cheryl Collins at (804) 733-2387, ext. 35 or e-mail her at ccollins@ppls.org

Petersburg Library Foundation Receives $10,000 Gift

Petersburg Library Foundation Receives $10,000 Gift from Library Advocate

Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2010:03:16 13:27:22 Yvette Robinson, member of the Petersburg Library Foundation Board of Directors, division chair for churches, sororities, civic and social organizations, and lifetime supporter of the Petersburg Library System, presents a check for $10,000 to fellow PLF board members, Willie Edlow, left, and Ann C. Taylor, right. “I believe this new library will galvanize our youth in Petersburg to elevate their academic expectations,” said Robinson.
 

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Library Foundation kicks off first Champion Reader Program

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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Earnest Greene and Yvette Robinson, both volunteers for the Petersburg Library Foundation, cradle bundles of Champion Reader Sponsorship Brochures preparing for distribution. A total of 50,000 brochures were distributed to PLF board of directors and volunteers.

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Library Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Bank of America have formed a partnership to present the 2010 Champion Reader Program during March, National Reading Month, to area youth as a way to promote literacy, love of reading, and raise money for the new Library.

“A variety of marketing efforts have been performed to insure that the Tri-City area is well informed of the program. The program has certainly created buzz and excitement among our youth” said Cheryl Collins, fund development officer for the Petersburg Library Foundation. “Local schools are participating, area businesses and childcare facilities have been contacted … The schools participating in the program include Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, St. Joseph’s School, Petersburg City, Dinwiddie County, Prince George County, and Hopewell City Public Schools. Southpark Mall has also gotten in on the excitement by allowing the Library Foundation to set up a display to promote the 2010 Champion Reader Program” said Collins.

It is still not too late to take part in the 2010 Champion Reader Program. Brochures have been made available at the three branches of the Petersburg Library System: McKenney/Central; Rodof Sholom; and A.P. Hill Branch; on the Petersburg Library Foundation’s newly launched website: www.petersburglibraryfoundation.org; area Dollar General stores; as well as Southpark Mall at the Champion Reader Display Cart located between Macy’s store entrance and the Easter seasonal display. The program participants must be under the age of 18 and are required to read at least 930 minutes (30 minutes a day for 31 days) during March. Set a reading goal; get family and friends to sponsor the minutes read and collect pledges. All donations and completed champion reader logs are to be brought to the McKenney/Central Branch located at 137 S. Sycamore Street by April 1, 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.

The Champion Reader title will be awarded to the participant that spends the most time reading and raises the most money for the new Library. The first place champion reader will win a $1,000 gift certificate to Southpark Mall; second place winner will win a season pass to an area theme park; third place winner will win a playtime card from Swader’s Sport Park. All participants will receive a gift. For more information about the program, please call Cheryl Collins at (804) 733-2387 ext. 35 or e-mail her at ccollins@ppls.org

Proposed Petersburg library includes space for archives

Proposed Petersburg library includes space for archives

Published: March 25, 2010

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To the Editor:

During a recent trip to Washington, D.C. I had the pleasure of visiting the National Archives and Records Administration located on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street. Known as our country’s national record keeper, I drifted back in time as I read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and more.

With more than 8 billion pages of text, millions of photographs, hundreds of thousands of reels of film I was in awe of what stood before my eyes. Then my thoughts drifted to my grandmother’s cedar chest; the holding place for the Collins family pictures, newspapers and treasures. I was happy my grandmother, known to everyone as Mama Ginny, saved these items for our family to enjoy because you see; she was our record keeper.

Locally the Petersburg Library Foundation (PLF) is raising money to build a new 56,000 square foot library. Plans include a Lower Level Archive that will consume about 8,000 sq. feet of this incredible educational facility that will galvanize Petersburg for years to come. Often Petersburg family treasures are tossed right out the door, sold at a garage sale or given to someone to sell on ebay or in a box at an auction.

Together we have a chance to make a difference for generations to come but more important we have a chance to preserve a part of Petersburg history. Be the Mama Ginny for your family, grandchildren and generations to come! Learn more about your new Library, plans for the Lower Level Archives and visit www.petersburglibraryfoundation.org or call 733.2387 x 35.

Cheryl L. Collins

Fund Development Officer

Petersburg Library Foundation

Petersburg

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