B'ville Library to receive grant

Baldwinsville Public Library is one of 10 libraries within Onondaga County to have been awarded a New York State Public Library Construction grant. The facility will receive $3,112 for the installation of a security system for building access and internal and external detection.

"These funds will enable us to update our security system to better serve our patrons and protect the assets we house," said Marilyn Laubacher, director of the Baldwinsville Public Library. "We're pleased to receive this money. In such uncertain times, this grant enables us to stretch our tax dollars more to purchase needed items. We are grateful to the New York State Library for selecting our library as a recipient."

The local grants are among 173 construction grants awarded to public libraries and library systems throughout New York State, which are supported by $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2009 State budget.

"The construction grants will enable these libraries to make important updates to their buildings without billing residents," said Assemblyman Will Barclay, who recently announced the Baldwinsville Library was a grant recipient. "Libraries have always been centers for resources but in recent years, have become integral to the job search process for many unemployed."

Public library construction grants help local libraries and library systems 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.

"Many of New York's public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. Some are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, many are energy inefficient and others are simply deteriorating due to age," said Senator John DeFrancisco, who helped secure the funds. "Our libraries are a valuable resource and we should be doing all that we can to maintain them and improve upon them."

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