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Petersburg library dome ready to be raised

Click link to view video!  Supporters sign dome of new library

Progress-Index Staff Reports – Published February 2, 2013

PETERSBURG – Braving the bitter cold and wind, one by one they crossed the construction site to leave their mark on the new Petersburg Public Library. Supporters of the project signed the massive metal rotunda dome that will soon be lifted to the top of the structure.

The dome should top off the $12.7 million new library next Wednesday, said Cheryl Collins with the Petersburg Library Foundation. On Friday, they armed city officials, members of the library foundation board and other community members with paint markers to sign names and messages permanently on the construction steel.

Following years of planning and fundraising, a groundbreaking was held last April and construction began during the summer. The steel frame outlines the building’s shape, and the site buzzes with work even during the coldest days.

The foundation has raised $10.3 million of the $12.7 million cost, Collins said. She said that with the difficult economy, fundraising has gone well. The city has committed $5 million toward the new library, and City Council approved $860,000 of advance funds last month.

“This is the time we really need the community to step up to that goal,” Collins said.

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