Ritchie Announces Second Round of Funding for Area Libraries

Patty Ritchie

August 26, 2013

Brings Total to Over $160,000 in Aid for Libraries in

Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties


State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing she has secured a second round of special funding, bringing the total of aid she delivered to libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to more than $160,000. 

The most recent round of $76,000 in special funding will be split between 24 area libraries and builds upon an additional $85,000 in aid announced by Senator Ritchie in June, as well as a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide.

“As summer draws to a close and students return to the classroom, many turn their focus towards getting back to the books,” said Senator Ritchie, who serves on the recently re-formed State Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

“Our area’s libraries are an outstanding educational resource, not only for students but adults as well. I am thrilled to be able to provide this funding, which will go a long way towards increasing access to educational opportunities, entertainment, job-search tools and so much more at the many libraries throughout our region.”

There are more than 7,000 public libraries in New York State, including over 50 public libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties—one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in any Senate district in the state. The libraries receiving special funding are as follows:

Oswego County        

Hannibal Free Library                                                              $5,000

Mexico Public Library                                                            $3,000

Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library                             $2,500

Fulton Public Library                                                              $5,000

Central Square Library                                                            $3,000


Jefferson County     

Bodman Memorial Library                                                     $3,000

Lyme Free Library                                                                  $1,500

Henderson Free Library                                                          $3,000

Adams Free Library                                                               $2,000

Adams Center Free Library                                                    $2,000

Brownville-Glen Park Library Association                             $2,000

Dexter Free Library                                                                $1,500

Thousand Island Park Library                                                 $1,000

Rodman Public Library                                                           $1,500

Hawn Memorial Library                                                          $3,000

Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library                                       $5,000


St Lawrence County

Rennsselear Falls Public Library                                             $3,000

Ogdensburg Public Library                                                    $5,000

Canton Free Library                                                               $5,000

Reading Room Association of Gouverneur                             $5,000

Hepburn Library of Edwards                                                   $3,000

Heuvelton Free Library                                                           $5,000

Morley Library                                                                        $3,000

Hepburn Library of Waddington                                              $3,000