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Local libraries are to get construction aid

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:40 AM

ALBANY -- As a longtime library advocate and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, state Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-Schenectady) has announced six libraries in his 49th Senatorial District were recently awarded public library construction funds that will allow them to improve their facilities.

Awardees include two libraries in Hamilton County.

Town of Inlet Public Library was awarded $25,819 for expanding library space for computer users, an improved circulation area, and a new high efficiency boiler.

Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library was awarded $138,005 for construction projects that include a new roof, improving walls and windows.

"Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone," Farley said. "These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users, whether it is installing climate control systems so books do not deteriorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities, or increasing space due to growing demands."

The grant funds are coming from $14 million in capital funds that were approved by the NYS Legislature in the 2013 State Budget for construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems in New York state.

Farley's district includes all of Fulton and Hamilton counties and portions of Herkimer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties.

Old Forge Library, Herkimer County, was awarded $29,551 for increasing the available square footage of both its Children's Room and the staff work area by approximately 53 percent.


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