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Petersburg Library Foundation presents 2010 Champion Reader Program winners

Published: May 13, 2010

Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2010:04:20 18:16:00Pictured are the 2010 Champion Reader Program winners: Taylor Clark of Disputanta, second place winner, left; Ta’Cora Wilson of Petersburg, first-place winner, center; and Laura Ingram of Disputanta, third place winner, right.

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Library Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation along with Bank of America and a local corporation requesting anonymity presented the 2010 Champion Reader Program to area youth as a way to promote literacy, love of reading, and raise money for the new Library in March.

“We are pleased to announce the 2010 Champion Reader Program winners. Our champions read for a total of 8,879 minutes in the month of March. The Champion Reader title goes to TaCora Wilson of Petersburg. TaCora is this year’s first-place champion reader, as promised she has won a $1,000 gift certificate to Southpark Mall; second place title goes to Taylor Clark of Disputanta. Taylor has won a one-year annual family pass to Busch Gardens Williamsburg; third place title goes to Laura Ingram of Disputanta. Laura won a Swader’s Sports Park playtime pass. All other participants received a special gift for taking part in the Champion Reader Program”, said Cheryl Collins, fund development officer for Petersburg Library Foundation.

The sponsors would like to congratulate all participants on the excellent work and great effort to assist in getting Petersburg’s new library built. The Champion Reader Program encouraged the children in this region to read for an extra 30 minutes a day and brought in $18,596.16 to help build the new library. “This program has brought great awareness to our project and we look forward to the promise of next year’s participation and the results that follows,” Collins adds.

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

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

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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

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