Public libraries in Western, Whitesboro, Utica, Waterville and Lowville are among those that are receiving state construction grants, Sen. Joe Griffo, R-47, Rome, and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119th Dist. of Utica, have announced.
The projects are supported by a $34 million capital fund appropriation in the budget for construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems, according to Griffo, the Senate’s deputy minority leader.
Among the libraries receiving grants are:
Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro: $90,988 for interior and exterior renovations including a heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrade;
Mid York Library System based in Utica: $118,820 for new parking lot and other exterior renovations including an Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant entrance;
Utica Public Library: $72,198 for interior renovations, including a new lighting system;
Waterville Public Library: $21,829 for boiler replacement and exterior renovations;
Western Town Library: $33,446 for electrical system changes and safety measures.
Frankfort Free Library: $30,923 to create a new community and programming room.
“Our public libraries have evolved into more than just a place where people can check out books,” Griffo said.
“They are now community spaces that offer a variety of important service and resources to families, seniors and residents. I know that this funding will help our libraries to flourish and to become an even stronger part of communities they serve.”