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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