Waterloo- Calling our local libraries the window to the world, State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio today announced that he has secured a $100,000 State grant for restoration of the Waterloo Library. Senator Nozzolio was joined by the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society at the library, located at 31 East Williams Street in the Village.
“Our libraries provide countless opportunities for everyone in the community, from our children and families to our adults and senior citizens,” said Senator Nozzolio. “Libraries have always held a special meaning to me and I can still remember the first book I checked out from my local library as a child. It was a pleasure for me to be able to secure this State grant to support the restoration of Waterloo library.”
The funding announced today will help to rehabilitate the library and preserve its structural, architectural, and historical integrity. Upon the projected completion of renovation efforts, the Waterloo Library building will be preserved for another 100 years, serving its patrons far into the future.
Lynn Patti, President of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society said, “We greatly appreciate Senator Nozzolio’s efforts to secure this funding to help the Waterloo library and we thank him for his continued support. This critical financial assistance will allow us to continue our restoration efforts so that our library will last well into the next century, providing many learning opportunities for future generations.”
The Waterloo Library is one of the oldest libraries in New York State still in use and is located on the National Register of Historic Places, making it one of Waterloo’s most architecturally significant buildings. In 2004, Senator Nozzolio worked to secure $165,000 in state funding for a project to help replace the failing 120 year-old roof of the library.
“There is no greater resource in our communities than the local library. We must continue to support our libraries in order to ensure that our children and future generations have the opportunity to learn and grow, make new discoveries, and achieve their greatest hopes and dreams,” Nozzolio concluded.