Libraries sharing $34 million for upgrades

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Senators have been going back to their districts this week distributing funds for library construction and renovation.

The 2018 State Budget included a $34 million capital fund appropriation specifically to upgrade libraries throughout all of New York.

“Local libraries are an essential part of communities across our region,” said Senator Patty Ritchie while announcing funding for eight libraries in central and norther New York. “In addition to books, they also provide educational materials, resources for job seekers, community events and so much more.”

She added that “As our libraries begin to age, it’s critically important that we provide them with the support necessary to maintain their facilities and meet the growing needs of patrons.”

Here is a sample of some of the allocations:
• Jefferson County (Belleville Philomathean Free Library: $13,038, Dexter Free Library: $6,874, Mannsville Free Library: $55,538, Sally Ploof Hunter Memorial Library: $135,607)
• Oswego County (Fulton Public Library: $26,030, Parish Public Library: $237,875)
• St. Lawrence County (Canton Free Library: $28,297, Hammond Free Library: $24,599, Potsdam Public Library: $297,017)
• Erie County (Aurora Town Library: $2,500, Boston Free Library: $2,500, Eden Library: $2,500, Elma Public Library: $2,500, Ewell Free Library)
• Lewis County (Lowville Free Library: $24,091, Lyons Falls Library: $79,00)

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