Archive for the ‘Capital Campaign’ Category

Thank you to everyone who came to our Groundbreaking Ceremony on Saturday! We had over 100 people attend the event and celebrate with us.  10 shovels held by community members each ceremoniously tossed a bit of dirt to signal the beginning of construction on the library.  From Ruth Sandvik, Petersburg’s own Purple Librarian to Bud Bergen,   a member of the library’s Teen Advisory Group, over 30 people turned the soil on Saturday showing the many efforts of a range of individuals in our community that have made our new library a  reality.

Mary Ellen Anderson, chair of the library board, commented on the significance of the event to the community, “a groundbreaking ceremony is meant to connect communities to their past and future. This groundbreaking is special in that it is a groundbreaking for a public library, an institution that itself serves to build community — it embodies our faith in a better future”. Mayor Al Dwyer also spoke at the event saying of library volunteers and board members who have worked to make the dream of a new library a reality, “I applaud their tenacity and unflappable optimism.  I know they celebrate with all of us at the prospect of a fine new public library right here next year. ”

We’d especially like to thank the Friends of Petersburg’s Libraries for providing refreshments, the PHS Brass Ensemble & Tonya Abbott for providing the music, Orin Pierson for documenting the event, and the new library’s Capital Campaign Committee for organizing this wonderful event.

Click here for more Photos of the event on the library’s Facebook page.

Click  here to listen to a sound portrait of the event from KFSK Public Radio.

Click here to see a short video of the turning of the dirt

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The Petersburg Community Foundation recently presented the library with a $5,000  discretionary grant to support the construction of the new library.  Their contribution will be recognized with a plaque in the new library by the drinking fountain. Their donation, along with the many others that have been received, is an essential piece of the overall funding plan for the new library. We’re very excited about the PCF’s contribution as both the library and the PCF are devoted to improving the lives of people in our community.

Mindy Anderson, Ann Hurt, Carey Case, Marlene Cushing, Sue McCallum, Tara Alcock and Dan Sullivan — 2012 PCF grantee organization representatives

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Check out this beautiful artwork that Pia Reilly painted for the new library! We’ve printed her original design on mugs which can now be purchased online.  These cheerful mugs come in assorted colors and sizes.  Buy one at Zazzle today, just click on the mug below.  Proceeds support the public  library.

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Bids for the construction of the new Petersburg Public Library were read on Thursday at MRV Architects in Juneau and came in under the estimated budget amount of $4.5 million. ASRC McGraw Constructors, LLC.   was deemed the lowest responsive bid for the project. At the May 7 City Council meeting, the project building committee will recommend that the bid be awarded to ASRC McGraw.

Yet to come are bids for remaining work and contents such as construction administration, technology, landscaping, furnishings, and equipment.

Construction of the new library is scheduled to begin early this summer. The library is anticipated to open in the  summer of 2013.

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Petersburg's 'Purple Librarian' Ruth Sandvik

Ask about Ruth Sandvik in Petersburg and people smile as they share stories of the librarian adorned in purple, who played music in the library and let children read under the tables. A graduate of Reed College, Ruth came to Petersburg in 1941 and began teaching at Petersburg Schools.  After taking time off to raise a family with her husband Oscar Sandvik, Ruth returned to Petersburg High School with a Masters Degree in Library Science from The University of Portland, as Petersburg’s first trained librarian.  She educated the staff and students  K-12 in the importance of reading and research and has been known for generations by her trademark, the purple librarian. “In library school, they told me to pick something out that made me distinctive,” Ruth explains, “so I decided to be the Purple Librarian.”   Active in our local arts world and always working to improve both public and school library services, Ruth is a living example of civic involvement and a prime builder of the community library system we all enjoy today.  Her 70 years of efforts to make library services relevant and universally available is a record unrivaled.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Sandvik family a meeting room in the new library will be named in honor of Ruth and her remarkable library legacy in Petersburg.

Ruth Sandvik & Sue Paulsen with the Library Bill of Rights

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City of Kupreanof Mayor Dana Thynes presents Library Board Chair Mary Ellen Anderson with a donation for the new library.

The City of Kupreanof recently presented the library with an $18,011 donation to support the construction of Petersburg’s new library. The new library will be community connection spot where community members can meet friends, relax, and escape the rain. It will be an energy efficient & sustainable facility that will meet the community’s needs for many years. To honor the generosity of the City of Kupreanof both the Story Corner and a boat on the Fishing Wall will be named in recognition.  To spur giving from other local residents, the City of Kupreanof challenged both Kupreanof residents and Petersburg residents to donate to the new library.

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As of Feb 1, 2012, 217 individuals, businesses and organizations have pledged $338,783 to the new Petersburg Library!

Make your tax deductible donation today…

  • In person at the library
  • By mail – Please use our donation form
  • Online – We can accept your credit card donation online at the Alaska Community Foundation’s secure online giving site. When asked “Please apply my gift to” be sure to select “Petersburg Public Library Fund”.

Questions? Call the library at (907) 772-3349 or email us at library@ci.petersburg.ak.us

Details about the new library’s FISHING WALL and the many naming opportunities available can be found on the capital campaign pledge form

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Qualified Alaskans, who fill out their annual PFD applications online from January 1 through March 31, now have the chance to support nonprofit causes by designating a portion or all of their PFD go to the list added to the application form.

The PFD Pick. Click. Give program is an easy way for residents to show their support for the new Petersburg Public Library. It’s a safe and secure way to make your donation and share the bounty we all gather from our PFDs. Every dollar and every ounce of support matters so much to getting our Library completed.  Make you contribution by choosing “The Friends of Petersburg’s Libraries” when you file your PFD application.

For more information on the Pick. Click. Give, go to: www.pickclickgive.org

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Reserve your place on the Fishing Wall this Saturday at the Christmas Bazaar!

This is a photo of a similar donor wall at the Homer Public Library, Petersburg’s ‘fishing wall’ will be similar but not exactly as pictured here.

What better gift for the people in your life who have everything than an investment in the future of their community? The new library’s  ‘Fishing Wall’ gives donors a lasting way to honor family, friends, boats, or even a beloved pet.  Consider commemorating a special event or sharing your own words of wisdom.  The fishing wall will be a permanent feature at our new community library.

The Friends of Petersburg’s Libraries will have a booth this Saturday at the Christmas Bazaar at the PFI Bunkhouse.   Reserve your spot on the new library’s Fishing Wall and learn more about the project Can’t make it on Saturday? Drop by the library or click here to print out a fishing wall form.

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Do you remember the donation that launched the capital campaign for the new library?

On January 3, 2008  Gerald Lind, Dale Bosworth, and Ed Sarff from Petersburg’s Masonic Lodge presented then Library Board president Julie Hursey with a $25,000 donation towards the new library. The Masons, an organization with deep historical roots in our community recognized of the value of a new library early on. With their donation,  they were among the first to propel the fundraising effort for the new library forward.  As Julie Hursey, then Board President noted, their gift was a “vote of confidence” for the new library. According to Dale Bosworth,  “we’re trying to give you a jump start…I think it will be an incentive for others to follow”.

To thank them for their generous gift, the Archive Room in the new library will be named after Petersburg’s Masonic Lodge.

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The Friends of Petersburg’s Libraries will have a booth this Saturday at the Oktoberfest Art Share.   Reserve your spot on the new library’s Fishing Wall and learn more about the project

Can’t make it to Oktoberfest? Drop by the library or click here: http://www.psglib.org/pledge%20form%2001.2011.pdf to print out a fishing wall form.

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Alaska’s Rasmuson Foundation has awarded the City of Peters burg with a ‘top-off’ grant for up to $500,000 for the new library.   This ‘top-off’ grant relies on the community committing an additional $1.5M to the project by the end of 2011.

$5.27M (cash and in-kind) has been raised towards the fundraising goal of $6.78M for the new library. $1.5M still needs to be secured for the project to be fully funded.   Petersburg residents will have the opportunity to vote on a $1.5M bond on October 4, 2011 that would complete the funding for the new library.

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The new library capital campaign committee has  launched Petersburg’s version of ‘buy a brick’ in the new library……Drop by the Saturday Market on Saturday (ANB Hall, 10am-1pm) in August to be among the first to reserve your spot on the new library’s Fishing Wall!

Can’t make it to the market? Drop by the library or click here: http://www.psglib.org/pledge%20form%2001.2011.pdf to print out a form.

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We received the exciting news on  Thursday that Governor Sean Parnell approved $3.3M for Petersburg’s new library. This is a huge leap forward for our new library – thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators in support. We’ve now secured 60% of funds we need!

What’s next? We are poised to submit grant applications this summer to private foundations. Later this year, we will kick off a local capital campaign.

Interested in making a donation? Contributions can be made at the library, by mail on online, click here for details.

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The State of Alaska has released draft regulations for a grant program that could have a major impact on the new library project.  The Library Construction and Major Expansion Matching Grant Program is a program that could  fund up to 50% of the cost of a new library facility.  While the State has not yet funded this grant program, the development of these regulations is an important step in that process. The proposed regulations for the program can be seen here:


Comments can be sent to Gail Dabaluz (Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development) at gail.dabaluz@alaska.gov.  The comment period closes September 4th, 2009.

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The Eldor and Polly Lee family have given an important gift to the community which commemorates the hundredth anniversary of Petersburg next year. They have donated the property on Hammer Slough where Eldor was born to the City for the Public Library, which will be called “Centennial Park”. This property is right below the proposed site for the new Petersburg library, and will create a park and trail to the Slough below. It extends the footprint of the library property, and the value of this land donation can be calculated in when foundations formulate matching grants. This is an invaluable step towards realizing the goal of a new library.

~excerpt from a speech given by Julie Hursey, Library Board President, at the May 18th, 2009 Little Norway Pageant

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On January 3 Gerald Lind, Dale Bosworth, and Ed Sarff from masons.gifPetersburg’s Masonic Lodge presented Library Board president Julie Hursey with a $25,000 donation towards the new library. We are excited about their generous contribution and for their recognition of the value of a new library for our community!  Learn more about donating to the library

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Public funding supports libraries, but it is often private donations that allow them to flourish! Learn more about the newly established Petersburg Public Library Foundation that was established not only to collect funds for the new library, but as a long term investment in the future of our library. It will help us establish a solid foundation for the library  in difficult times, help us maintain excellent services, and create an even better public library for the future of Petersburg.

The endowment fund can accept gifts of cash, securities or stock, real estate, personal property, bequests, life insurance, retirement accounts or pension plans. Learn more here or contact Tara Alcock at (907) 772-3349 for more details.

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Capital Campaign Committee meeting

The Capital Campaign Committee will meet Monday November 19th @ 6:30 in the library conference room.

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It’s time to gear up our fundraising efforts for the new library. Many hands make light work so if you have a great idea to share, want to plan an event, or just want to lend a hand, we need you! Come to our fundraising committee meeting Wednesday, October 3 @ 6:30 in City Council Chambers.

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