Local Libraries Land Almost $700,000 In Construction Grants

ALBANY — Several Chautauqua County libraries will share $699,576 in capital funds for library construction projects in the 2020 State Budget, according to Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.

The state funds provide up to 75 percent of approved costs of broadband installation and the acquisition, construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of public libraries or public library system headquarters. Any public library or public library system chartered by the Regents of the State of New York or established by an act of the New York State Legislature is eligible to apply for State Aid for Library Construction.

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Awards will be shared as follows:

The Darwin R. Barker Library Association will receive $10,600; Dunkirk Public Library will receive $18,170; Fluvanna Free Library will receive $9,0000; Hazeltine Public Library will receive $15,900; James Prendergast Library will receive $5,999; Kennedy Free Library will receive $42,542; Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library will receive $62,697; Minerva Free Library will receive $11,625; Patterson Library will receive $323,318 and Ripley Public Library will receive $199,725.

“Local libraries struggle with reduced funding and increased costs, creating challenges to their budgets and ability to provide the services relied on by their communities. It is extremely difficult to raise funds for construction in addition to funding routine operating budgets. This construction aid is a valuable resource for libraries to keep their facilities current, viable, safe, and compliant, “Goodell said.


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