PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) – Ground was broken Monday morning for a new public library in the City of Petersburg. Sen. Mark Warner (D – Virginia) and Petersburg Mayor Brian Moore were among those who spoke at the groundbreaking.
Once completed, the city says its new library will be nearly four times the size of its old library. The old library, at 137 S. Sycamore Street in Petersburg, was originally built as a home. It has served as the city’s library for 85 years.
Earlier this month the Cameron Foundation approved a new $1,000,000 grant to the Petersburg Library Foundation to help cover some construction costs.
“The construction of this new library is vital to the future of this city. We know that we need concentrated efforts to grow participation in early childhood literacy opportunities and to teach youth the love of reading before they enter school,” said Handy L. Lindsey, Jr., president of The Cameron Foundation.
As of April17, 2012, the Petersburg Library Foundation has collected $10,028,257 of its $12,700,000 fund raising goal. In order to leverage the funds from The Cameron Foundation, the Library Foundation needs to raise $2,671,743. CLICK HERE: Take a virtual tour of the new Petersburg library