Community Spotlight with Lee A. Dugger

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We are thrilled to invite you to an exclusive showcase of the extraordinary work of Lee A. Dugger, a renowned photographer whose captivating images are now on display at the Petersburg Public Library. Lee’s journey from the Blandford neighborhood of Petersburg, Virginia, to becoming a celebrated photographer is as inspiring as his artwork.

A Journey Rooted in Passion
Lee A. Dugger’s story begins in the heart of Petersburg, where he attended Blandford Elementary School (now Blandford Academy) and Henry Williams Middle School, graduating from Peabody High School in 1961. Shortly after, Lee enlisted in the United States Navy, driven by a desire to see the world. During his 9 ½ years of service, Lee discovered his passion for photography, which would shape the rest of his life.

Pursuing the Art of Photography
Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1970, Lee pursued his newfound passion by enrolling in the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. There, he refined his skills and developed an artistic vision that has since captivated audiences worldwide.

Iconic Moments Captured
Lee’s photography often took him to music festivals and shows, where he immortalized performances by legendary artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey. His portfolio is a rich tapestry of landscapes, portraits, and dynamic live performances, each image telling a unique story and reflecting his dedication to the craft.

Visit the Exhibit
Now, you have the opportunity to experience Lee A. Dugger’s stunning work in person at the Petersburg Public Library. This exhibit offers a glimpse into Lee’s extensive body of work, showcasing a diverse range of subjects and styles. From breathtaking landscapes to intimate portraits, each photograph is a testament to Lee’s talent and artistic vision.

Why You Should Visit
Immerse Yourself in Art: There’s nothing like experiencing art in person. Lee’s photographs offer a depth and detail that can only be truly appreciated up close.
Inspire Your Creativity: Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or simply an art enthusiast, Lee’s work is sure to inspire and ignite your creative spirit.
Support Local Artists: By visiting the exhibit, you are supporting not only Lee A. Dugger but also the vibrant arts community in Petersburg.
Plan Your Visit
Don’t miss this opportunity to see the world through the lens of Lee A. Dugger. Visit the Petersburg Public Library today and immerse yourself in a world of stunning imagery and artistic brilliance.

Exhibit Details:

Location: Here at the Petersburg Public Library, 201 W Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803
This Month: July 2024
During our Normal Library Hours: Mon – Thurs: 10.00am – 8.00pm Fri – Sat: 10.00am – 5.00pm

For more information on booking Mr. Dugger or purchasing his art, email him directly at

We look forward to seeing you at the exhibit!

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Unlock a World of Digital Content with a Petersburg Public Library Card

In today’s digital age, having access to a vast array of e-books, audiobooks, movies, and newspapers has never been easier—especially if you have a Petersburg Public Library card. From the convenience of your home, you can access premium digital content without spending a dime. Let’s explore some of the top benefits of having a library card, focusing on digital products available through apps like Hoopla and Libby, as well as free access to popular newspapers.

Cost Savings: E-books and Audiobooks

One of the most compelling reasons to get a Petersburg Public Library card is the cost savings on e-books and audiobooks. Take, for instance, the e-book The Women by T.C. Boyle. While purchasing this book on Amazon would set you back $14.99, you can borrow it for free with your library card. This is just one example of how you can save money; the library offers thousands of titles across various genres, all available at no cost.

Skip Expensive Memberships

Consider the annual costs of popular subscription services:

  • Amazon Prime Membership: $139.00 per year
  • Audible Membership: $179.40 per year

With a library card, you can access a vast collection of e-books, audiobooks, and other digital content without these hefty fees. Apps like Hoopla and Libby provide many of the same titles available through these paid services, but at zero cost to you.

Instant Access to a Wide Range of Content

With your library card, you gain instant access to a plethora of digital content through apps like Hoopla and Libby:

  • Hoopla: This app offers a wide selection of movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics, and TV shows. With no wait times, you can borrow and enjoy your favorite titles immediately. Whether you want to watch a newly released movie or read a bestselling novel, Hoopla has something for everyone.
  • Libby: Powered by OverDrive, Libby provides access to thousands of e-books and audiobooks. The user-friendly interface makes browsing, borrowing, and reading or listening to books a breeze. Plus, Libby offers features like customizable reading settings and offline access, ensuring a personalized reading experience.

Free Access to Newspapers

A Petersburg Public Library card also provides free access to a variety of newspapers, keeping you informed without the need for costly subscriptions. With your library card, you can read:

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: Stay updated with local news, events, and community stories.
  • The Washington Post: Access in-depth national and international news coverage.
  • USA Today: Enjoy broad coverage of news, sports, entertainment, and more.
  • Other News Publications: The library offers access to numerous other news sources, ensuring you never miss out on important updates.

Convenient and Eco-Friendly

Borrowing digital content from the library is not only convenient but also environmentally friendly. There’s no need to drive to the library or worry about due dates and late fees with automatic returns. This convenience means you can enjoy your favorite books, movies, and newspapers without contributing to physical waste.

Educational and Recreational Value

Your Petersburg Public Library card opens the door to a world of knowledge and entertainment. Beyond popular fiction and movies, you can access educational resources, documentaries, and self-help books. This is particularly beneficial for students and lifelong learners looking to expand their knowledge without incurring additional costs.

Community Support

By utilizing the library’s digital resources, you’re also supporting your local library. Increased usage of these resources can lead to more funding and support for the library, allowing it to continue offering valuable services to the community.

How to Get Started

If you don’t already have a Petersburg Public Library card, signing up is easy. Visit us at 201 W. Washington St. Petersburg, VA 23803 with a valid ID and proof of residence. Once you have your card, download the Hoopla and Libby apps on your smartphone or tablet, and start exploring the extensive digital collections available to you.


A Petersburg Public Library card is your passport to a world of digital content that enriches your life without straining your budget. From the latest bestsellers and classic literature to “blockbuster” movies, educational resources, and up-to-date newspapers, the library offers incredible value and convenience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of these benefits—get your library card today and dive into the digital treasures awaiting you!

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Exploring Art & Community: Julian Greene and Nikkea Shareè

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At Petersburg Public Library, we take pride in celebrating the rich tapestry of talent within our community. One way we do this is by showcasing the work of a local artist each month. As you walk through our library, heading towards the Conference and Event Center, you’ll be greeted by the vibrant colors, intricate designs, and compelling narratives brought to life by our featured artist.

This month, we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Julian Greene and Nikkea Shareè, our talented spotlight artist. Through a brief video, we delve into the inspiration behind their work, their creative process, and the stories embedded within each piece.

Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a curious passerby, or simply someone looking to appreciate the beauty of local talent, we encourage you to take a moment to watch the video. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the artist on a deeper level, gaining insight into their vision and the stories they share through their art.

Join us in celebrating the diverse creativity that enriches our community.

Thank you for supporting local talent and making our library a vibrant hub of creativity. We look forward to sharing more inspiring stories with you in the months to come.

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