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Library branch will close

Progress-Index: by F.M. Wiggins (staff writer)

PETERSBURG – At the end of the month, the Rodof Sholom branch of the Petersburg Public Library system will be closing in preparation for the move to the new library on the corner of Market and West Washington streets.

City Manager William E. Johnson III updated council on the plans to close the branch library in the Walnut Hill neighborhood on Aug. 31 as part of the continuing discussions on the course of the city during the annual City Council Advance at Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary.

The Rodof Sholom branch of the library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Construction on the new library began following a groundbreaking in April 2012.

The site of the new library, the former Petersburg Ford and more recently CrossRoads Ford, was purchased for $400,000 in 2006; six other sites had been considered before the selection was made.

Originally conceptualized as a 56,000-square-foot facility with a price tag of around $16 million, fundraising efforts began in earnest after the design was finalized in 2008.

Initial plans called for repurposing several of the existing buildings on the property. However, it was decided that for roughly the same price, a new library could be constructed from the ground up.

The current Phase I facility will be around 45,000 square feet and represents the majority of that initial concept, with the exception of the large multipurpose meeting room.

The new library is set to open by the end of the year.

– F.M. Wiggins may be reached at 804-722-5154 or

Foundation featured on NBC Call 12

On July 31st from 5:00pm – 6:30pm the Petersburg Library Foundation (PLF) and the Petersburg Public Library were featured during the NBC 12 5pm news show. During the broadcast from 5:00pm-6:30pm Yvette Robinson, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Joe Preston and Cheryl Collins covered the Call 12 phones to promote the Brick Campaign and ask for pledges, or outright gifts to help raise the last $700,000 needed to successfully close out the Gateway to the World Capital Campaign. 

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