Schimminger Provides Grant to Tonawanda Library

May 23, 2005

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today that he is committing $11,000 in special state legislative funding to the City of Tonawanda Public Library.

About one-half of the funds, $6,000, will be used by the library to purchase a new circulation desk, and the remaining $5,000 will go toward acquiring new books, CDs and DVDs, video and audio tapes, and other library materials.

“I fondly recall spending many afternoons and Saturdays on Main Street at the library while growing up in Tonawanda, so when Library Director Christine Moesch contacted my office in December to inquire about possible funding to replace the library’s outdated circulation desk, I was eager to be helpful,” said Assemblyman Schimminger. “And once the impact of Erie County’s fiscal problems on the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system’s support for local libraries became clear, I asked Chris if there also was a need for additional funds for the library’s book budget.”

Christine Moesch, Director of the City of Tonawanda Public Library, said, “Our library’s circulation desk is 40 years old and not ADA compliant, so with the funds from Mr. Schimminger we will be able to purchase a work area that is not only accessible for all of our patrons, but large enough to accommodate our new circulation computers and other equipment. Assemblyman Schimminger’s generosity in providing money for books and other materials in these tough financial times in Erie County will help us to provide the level of service our patrons deserve. The library has not been able to purchase new materials in months, and I am so grateful to Mr. Schimminger for securing these state funds. This community has always been very supportive of our little library, and I am just so happy that we will be able to provide them with the new books, tapes and other items they have been waiting for.”

“Libraries are an important part of a community’s fabric, providing a range of services, resources and experiences for people of all ages – from young children to senior citizens,” the Assemblyman added. “We simply can’t let such a valuable community asset decline.”

Schimminger noted that the State Assembly grant is in addition to a five percent increase in state aid for library systems, such as the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, which was included in the new state budget. “The state provides about 11 percent of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s overall budget,” said Schimminger, “and these state aid dollars help support local libraries, like Tonawanda’s.”

“I am, of course, pleased to be able to bring this added state funding home to Tonawanda for our local library,” concluded Schimminger.