Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R, C, I – Greenwood Lake) is pleased to announce that two libraries in the 97th Assembly District will be receiving construction grants from the New York State Library: The Albert Wisner Public Library in Orange County and the Sloatsburg Public Library in Rockland County.
“Our state’s libraries are in urgent need of structural improvements and I am pleased to announce that two of our own libraries have been selected to receive funding. Our libraries continue to be a source of information, education, and recreation and to serve as a community center. As an avid reader myself, I am proud to support our local libraries and encourage everyone to take advantage of all the great services their local library provides,” said the assemblywoman.
In fact, according to the New York State Library, more than 40 percent of the over 1,000 public library buildings in our state are over 60 years old and in need of renovation. Another 30 percent are more than three decades old. Because of this, many libraries are struggling to meet the needs of today’s patrons, including wiring buildings for Internet access, storage, and handicapped accessibility.
The grants are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriated through the 2009-10 State Budget and aim to assist libraries to renovate and expand their facilities in order to better assist residents. In total, 173 libraries and library systems have been awarded these grants.
Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick has been awarded $90,014 for the installation of technology resources, including cable and fiber lines, the purchase of 31 new computers, digital storage, a video security system, and self check-out technology.
Sloatsburg Public Library in Sloatsburg has been awarded $2,500 for the restoration of their historic front arched window and to install hand railing at the front entryway.