Two libraries receive over $140K for buildings

ALBANY–Two libraries in the county are slated to receive over $70,000 each in state funds for building projects. The money was announced Tuesday, March 9, by state Senator Steve Saland (R-41st).

Citing figures released by the New York State Library, Mr. Saland said the Roeliff Jansen Community Library will receive $75, 000 for the installation of plumbing, lighting, drywall, bookcases and cabinetry for the new library on Route 22 in Copake, just south of the Hillsdale hamlet. The new library, which is still under construction, is LEED certified, and includes numerous energy-conserving features.

The New Lebanon Library has been awarded $70,632 for the construction of a new accessible bathroom, replacement of the roof and installation of geothermal heating system.

The funds come from the Public Library Construction Grants supported by a $14-million capital fund appropriation in the 2009 State Budget. The release for Senator Saland’s office announcing the money said that in recognition of the lack of funding available for libraries’ construction needs, this fund was initiated and approved when the senator served as the chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

“The resources and services provided our local libraries are invaluable to communities across the state.  Regardless of age or interests, libraries offer something for everyone, particularly during difficult economic times when library usage dramatically increases.  These grants come at a critical time when libraries are struggling to keep their doors open and services flowing to the public,” said Senator Saland in the release.

Mr. Saland said that without this state assistance, the entire cost of the construction and renovation projects would be the responsibility of local taxpayers.

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