Assemblywoman Russell Announces Over $80,000 in Grants for North Country Libraries

May 7, 2012

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced that the Massena Public Library and the Ogdensburg Public Library have been awarded more than $82,000 in a state grant. The money was allocated in the 2011-12 state budget that Assemblywoman Russell supported. The money will go toward repairing and improving their infrastructures.

“In this struggling economy, the library is an invaluable place for everyone in the North Country, young and old,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “Libraries offer book lending, free access to computers and the Internet, educational programming and more. It is important that these facilities remain safe and are up-to-date so that our families can utilize them to their full extent.”

The Ogdensburg Public Library received over $52,000. The funding will be used to rehabilitate the library’s existing windows to create a more energy-efficient facility. This will be done while maintaining the building’s historic integrity. The Massena Public Library received over $29,000 in funding. The money will be used to rehabilitate its chimney and to address general ventilation and drainage issues within the building.

“Maintaining and updating these buildings is crucial,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “Making these repairs and replacements now will save taxpayer money in the long run and help both of these libraries keep up with ever-changing and improving technologies. I will keep fighting to ensure that the Massena Public Library and the Ogdensburg Public Library have the support they need to continue serving our community.”