Curran Supports Local Libraries, Announces New Grants

May 8, 2012
Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook- 14th AD) today renewed his support for literacy and community learning when he announced that over $173,000 will be provided to local public libraries for important renovation programs.

"Our local public libraries are more than just repositories of learning and scholarship; they are signs that we as a society value the lifelong learning of our friends and neighbors, our children and co-workers. I am proud to announce that Baldwin Public Library, Henry Waldinger Memorial Library and Rockville Centre Public Library will be receiving a combined $173,461 in grants," said Curran.

More than 40 percent of New York’s public library buildings are over 60 years old. Many New York public libraries are energy inefficient, cannot provide Internet or computer services, do not have adequate space for expanding library books and media or properly accommodate users with disabilities. The Public Library Construction Grant Program helps to strengthen our libraries with funding for roof replacement, installation of alternative energy resources, new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and replacement windows, doors and lighting systems.

"I am proud that we have put politics aside to support local libraries in their mission to educate and enlighten," said Curran. "It is imperative we maintain libraries’ place in our community. With $173,461 in new renovation funding, public libraries can increase accessibility, enhance useful services and provide an aesthetically pleasing meeting location for our families."

For a complete list of library grants, please visit: www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/info/14m_asy12.htm.