Barclay Announces Local Library Grants
Maxwell and Baldwinsville Public Libraries receive funding for building improvements
May 7, 2012
Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) announced today that the Baldwinsville Public Library and Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus have been awarded grant money as part of the public library construction funds. The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2011 State Budget. The Baldwinsville Public Library will receive $3,959 for help implementing four energy improvements, as part of the library's efforts to conserve energy use. Maxwell Memorial Library will receive $9,050 to help pay for roofing repairs, which will help preserve the library and conserve energy as well. "I was pleased to vote in support of the capital funds for our public libraries. I believe our community libraries are incredible assets to everyone who uses them. Libraries continue to be essential in providing access to materials that would otherwise be out of reach. They have become a place for job-seekers as well; internet and computer use is free and accessible at many locations. In fact, in 2011, the American Association of Libraries reported that more than 65 percent utilized their local libraries to help find a job. We cannot underestimate the importance our libraries play in people's lives," said Barclay. Many of New York’s local public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide Internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring, and do not have sufficient space to house the library’s expanding collection, address the need for adequate meeting room, or provide for public access computers. These capital grants are designed to help assist in all of these areas in need of improvement. Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots, among other things. New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer equipment, can be purchased for new or newly reconfigured or renovated space. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities is a high priority.