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Local libraries to receive funding

Local libraries to receive funding

Capital Region, Mohawk Valley each getting about $1 million
Local libraries to receive funding
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The state education department announced Wednesday it is releasing millions of dollars in funding for library construction and renovation projects statewide, including more than $500,000 to be distributed in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie and Saratoga counties. 
 
The $19 million in state aid will benefit 216 libraries statewide, with the Capital Region and Mohawk Valley receiving just over $1 million each. 
 
In Fulton County, $223,000 is being allocated to create a youth center and “teen room” at the Gloversville Public Library. The Fort Plain Free Library in Montgomery County will get $190,000 for a new entrance and circulation area and for flood damage repairs. 
 
Schoharie County is receiving $100,000 for projects at two libraries. The Schoharie Free Library Association is being allocated $55,000 to replace the roof and other work, while the Community Library in Cobleskill will receive $45,000 to install insulation and ventilation equipment, as well as to ease access to the building’s mechanical areas. 
 
Saratoga County is being allocated $179,000 to improve handicap accessibility and expand parking space at three libraries. 
 
“These funds provide needed financial support to public libraries across the state,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in a statement announcing the funds. “Many libraries in New York lack modern facilities or technology and need to undergo renovation or expansion to better serve the community well into the future.”
 
Under the funding guidelines, public libraries could get up to 75 percent of their improvement projects funded through state aid. Projects eligible for grants include construction of new library buildings, library expansions and renovations or rehabilitation work. Broadband infrastructure and handicap accessibility improvements, as well as equipment and furniture purchases, are also eligible.

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