Local Libraries Receive Vital State Funding

 

ONEONTA, 05/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that community libraries throughout the 51st senatorial district have been awarded a total of nearly $1.1 million in public library construction grant funds.


"Our libraries are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times" Seward said. “Libraries are also some of the most historic landmarks we have and are in need of  repairs and upgrades to ensure their future viability and accessibility.”


Public library construction grants help local libraries and library systems to build new libraries, create additions, update electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, meet standards of energy efficiency, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting rooms to accommodate community needs.


“Internet use has skyrocketed at libraries as many people search for jobs, look up their family tree, or strive for self improvement.  In many areas libraries are the community centers, and hubs for countless civic activities,” Seward added.


“Assisting libraries with state funds takes the burden off local taxpayers, while ensuring communities receive much needed services,” Seward concluded.


The grants are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 state budget.  



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Complete listing of individual grant awards throughout 51st senatorial district:


Chenango County
 Sherburne Public Library…………………….$106,456


Cortland County
 Cortland Free Library……………………….$156,379


Greene County
 Cairo Public Library…………………………$167,544
 Catskill Public Library……………………….$23,000
 Haines Falls Free Library……………………$100,000


Herkimer County
 Ilion Free Public Library……….……………..$45,237
 Little Falls Public Library……………………..$279,182
 Weller Library (Mohawk)……………………$21,821


Tompkins County
 Southworth Library Assoc. (Dryden)…......….$200,000