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Petersburg Library Foundation Receives $2,000 Gift to Support the Capital Campaign

The Petersburg Library Foundation was recently presented a check in the amount of $2,000 from Les Étoiles Social and Civic Club in memory of Wilhemina Smith, former club member and former school librarian at A.P. Hill Elementary School.  This gift will support the construction of the new 56,000 sf. state-of-the-art library that will be located at the corner of Washington and Market Streets.  In November 1996, twelve young ladies organized to provide wholesome social and civic endeavors for women in the community of Petersburg and promote fellowship among its members.  Co-founded by Lula Harris Lawson and Jean Wright Smith, Charter members were Shirley Bugg, Florence Jones Clarke, Florence Pride Goodwyn, Millie Mack, Ann Duncan Moore, Annette Duncan Rose Lillian Hutchenson Stewart, Natalie Jones Wallace, Brenda Whitney and Charmaine Henderson Winfield (deceased).  

Pictured are:  Cindy Morgan, Florence Goodwyn, Muriel Spratley, Wayne Crocker, Amanda Tate, Peggy Custis, Virginia Mann, Catherine Fort, Annette Rose, Lula Lawson, Yvette Robinson and Ann Taylor.

Bank’s Local Heroes Award

On Oct. 28, Petersburg Library Foundation Board chairman Bob Walker, was honored by Bank of America at their 2010 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards ceremony. He was one of five people from the metro Richmond area to receive the Local Heroes Award. Each recipient of this award chose their favorite charity to direct a $5,000 grant from Bank of America.

Of all the activities Bob is involved with, Bob chose the Petersburg Library Foundation to receive the grant. Therefore, we have received a $5,000 check from Bank of America.

Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Awards $250,000 Matching Grant to the Petersburg Library Foundation

Award will help leverage contributions.


Petersburg, VA – Officials from the Petersburg Library Foundation see the ground breaking for the new 56,000 sf. library getting closer after they heard the exciting news from Amy Nisenson, executive director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. The Petersburg Library Foundation has been awarded a dollar for dollar matching grant in the amount of $250,000. This means for every new gift directly resulting from the grant the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation will match it with a dollar. For example: A donor contributes $100. Their gift leverages $100 .

“The Board of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation was pleased to award this grant. They felt this will be a great boost and educational opportunity for Petersburg” said Nisenson.

In 2005 the PLF retained The Lukmire Partnership, a leading Virginia library design architect to prepare a study for the construction of, and site selection for, a new City of Petersburg Library. The Lukmire Partnership projected at that time, again in 2005, the project costs would range from $15.5 to $17 million. Current market conditions have presented a great opportunity for the Petersburg Library Foundation and the total Petersburg Library Foundation money needed to build the new library has decreased. Now a total of $12,700,000 is needed in order to build a new 56,000 sf. state-of-the-art library.

To date $7,134,983 has been collected towards the $12,700,000 million dollar goal meaning the Foundation is $5,565,017 away from building the new Library. Another source of funding will come from New Market Tax Credits that will bring in an estimated $2.3 million dollars. When the tax credits are approved the estimated remaining dollars needed to complete the building will total $3,265,017.

Reading skills are vital to life success, and libraries play a critical role in academic and life success and libraries contribute significantly to those skills. The Petersburg library system has always been deeply committed to making that contribution, and a new building can make a powerful impact on the services and programs they provide for Petersburg’s children.

Aside from the obvious (more space for more books), the new library will feature areas specifically designed for children. There will be large spaces for programs and events, such as the vitally important summer reading program. The new building will have cutting edge technological features that students and citizens may not have access to elsewhere.

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