Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Guilford) joins the New York State Education Department in announcing that applications are now available for the 2007-08 Public Library Construction Grant Program. Among the libraries Crouch has already helped award money to are the Deposit Free Library and Moore Memorial Library.
“Libraries are an integral part of living in America’s cities, towns, and villages. That is why we must make sure they have every opportunity to continue expanding and offering services to community members,” said Crouch. “I urge all those interested to explore these programs offered by the state to help expand their facilities and services.”
The New York State Legislature has provided a special allocation of $14 million for public library construction in this year’s budget. These monies must go for acquisition of property or upgrades to buildings and facilities.
Libraries may apply for a construction grant that could fund up to 50 percent of a project. They must apply with their library system soon because the deadline for library systems to submit their applications to the state library is close of business Friday, September 14.
For an application or more information, visit www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/construc/index.html or call Janet Welch at (518) 474-5930.
Crouch also pointed out that the deadline to submit an application for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award is June 15. The Shubert Library Excellence Award recognizes the achievements of libraries of all sizes that take significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users.
“I am proud to say that throughout the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley are some of the best and most accessible libraries in the state,” said Crouch. “I am encouraging all libraries to apply for the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements throughout the year.”
For more information, please contact Mary Woodward at (518) 473-8362.