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Petersburg Rotary “Service Above Self” Golf Tournament to be held September 19, 2011

The Petersburg Rotary will hold their annual golf tournament with all proceeds benefitting the Petersburg Libary Foundation Capital Campaign.  The tournament will be held on Monday, September 11th at the new Petersburg Dogwood Trace Golf Course.  Please click on the following links for information and entry forms: 

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Questions about the event can be answered by e-mail: sashman@msn.com or by phone at 804.720.2136

Petersburg library campaign matches $250,000 gift

Amy Nisensen (center), executive director for the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, presents a $250,000 check to the Petersburg Library Foundation. Daphne Maxwell Reid (left) and Willie Edlow (right) emceed the event. Maxwell Reid and Edlow are on the Board of Directors for the PLF.

PETERSBURG – The campaign to build a new library in Petersburg announced yesterday that it had matched a $250,000 gift from last year.

The Petersburg Library Foundation had one year to match a dollar for dollar grant award from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation that was announced in November 2010. The library group has met that goal before the year deadline.

Also, the group announced it has made substantial progress in its overall fundraising goal. The campaign to build a new 56,000-square-foot library has so far raised $8.4 million of the needed $12.7 million, according to Cindy Morgan, capital campaign co-chair. She also said that New Market Tax Credits could bring in $2.3 million, leaving a little over $3 million left to be raised to complete the campaign.

The effort to raise $250,000 to match The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation grant came from donations of all sizes from citizens and businesses in Central Virginia, the library group said.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet were diligent to reach out to everyone and ask for gifts to help leverage this grant award, according to Cheryl L. Collins, fund development officer for the group.

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation payout will occur over two years with the first check of $150,000 being issued once construction begins and the second check for $100,000 will be issued in 2012. Daphne Maxwell Reid, a member of the Petersburg Library Foundation board, hosted the event across the street from the new construction site. Maxwell Reid asked the crowd of about 77 people to look across the parking lot and see the progress on the new site. W.M. Jordan, the construction contractor for the new library, had placed orange cones to show the actual size of the facility. A fence surrounds the area where pilings are being placed for the basement.

“I am thrilled with the recent enthusiasm and support and so pleased to see so many of the pillars of the community encourage us to continue,” Maxwell Reid said.

Recent contributions include:

– $25,000 from Frank and Marilyn Underwood and Family

– $1,000 from Christ & Grace Baptist Church

– $5,000 from an anonymous donor

– $5,000 from Tabernacle Baptist Church, making their total contribution towards the new library $20,000

– $5,447 from Gillfield Baptist Church

Core goals of the new 56,000-square-foot library include: offering programs for extended learning opportunities, early education, children’s programs and literacy; stimulate economic and social activity through the library’s location and design; and enhance city pride through the library’s appearance and activities.

Backers of the library believe the new facility will help with the revitalization of Petersburg. The overarching goal will be have the new library as the most accessible, free, public educational facility in downtown Petersburg.

The library, to be built at the former Petersburg Ford site on West Washington Street, will feature a 300-seat auditorium, a café, wireless access, a large computer area, more shelf space for books and media, improved accessibility and a parking lot. The new facility will include not only a greatly expanded computer room, but also training centers for businesses and adult literacy.

“This building is not for now; it is for generations to come. And we all need to do our part for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren so when they ask what part we played, you can tell them you helped build their library,” said the Rev. Andrew J. White, capital campaign co-chair of Petersburg Library Foundation.

The new library will also feature areas specifically designed for children. There will be large spaces for programs and events, such as the vitally important summer reading program. Petersburg’s Director of Library Services Wayne M. Crocker started the program off by talking about the recent success of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. More than 345 children signed up to participate in the summer-long program. Crocker continued to emphasize the need for a new library because the Summer Reading Program is held at Tabernacle Baptist Church because the current library cannot hold more than 50 participants in any one program.

Crocker talked about the new programs and services that will be added once the new library is complete including literacy programs, workforce development programs, and a greater partnership with the school system to develop after school programs and greater partnerships with higher education institutes for adults wanting to learn new development skills or continue their education.

Before closing the program, Maxwell Reid and Willie B. Edlow honored Robert C. “Bob” Walker, chairman of the Petersburg Library Foundation, with a wooden, hand-tooled rendering of Walker with the new library for all of his efforts to get this new library built. Walker and his wife Marilyn have been significant contributors not only with dollars but with their time, Edlow and Maxwell Reid said.

(Progress-Index Staff Reports -July 25, 2011)

Church donates $5,447 to Petersburg Library Foundation

Members of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg recently presented the Petersburg Library Foundation a check in the amount of $5,447. to support the construction of the new Petersburg Public Library. ‘Over the past several months the members and friends of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, have given funds of over $5,550 (contributions continued even after the check was presented on June 23rd) in support of our Petersburg Library Foundation City Library Campaign. We did this as a continuing effort to show our city the light of Christ’s love through responsible spiritual, civic and intellectual involvement,’ said Dr. George W.C. Lyons Jr., pastor, Gillfield Baptist Church. 

Progress-Index – Published: August 24, 2011

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