On Tuesday, May 8, New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) announced more than $118,000 in construction and renovation grants for local public libraries and public library systems.
These grants will allow the libraries to make much-needed renovations, giving them the opportunity to enhance and develop their facilities.
“Libraries are essential resources, especially in rural communities like ours,” Magee said. “Investing in our community’s libraries ensures that we will all have continued access to the valuable resources libraries provide.”
Cazenovia Public Library will receive a total of $91,123, which will be put toward increasing energy efficiency; adding security; enhancing the fire and cooling systems; and taking steps to preserve the historic facility’s architectural features while updating its three buildings in Cazenovia.
The C.W. Clark Memorial Library in Oriskany Falls will receive $24,658. The funds will be used to add a handicapped parking area; expand the parking lot for improved access; re-pave the driveway; provide fencing and lighting in the parking lot to increase safety; and improve the facility’s drainage system.
The Morrisville Public Library will receive $2,936 in grant funding, which will enable the continuation of critical roof and ceiling restorations; increase effectiveness of library service through increased space and more efficient use of the building; and improve energy efficiency.
“I will continue working to protect library funding, so that we can all benefit from the vital services provided by these facilities,” Magee said.