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Friday, February 15, 2013

Libraries Get State Grant Money

Three libraries in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded more than $114,000 to make repairs and upgrades to their facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said the grants were awarded through the Commonwealth’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.

The following libraries received grants:

· Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, Cameron County $28,000
· Ridgway Public Library, Elk County $26,847
· Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Jefferson County $60,000

Funding from these grants can be used to pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in the planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries. Eligible projects include new roofing, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to heating and air conditioning systems, facility expansion and new construction.

“Providing access to valuable learning resources is one of the best ways that we can help our residents of all ages,” Scarnati said. “I’m pleased that we were able to provide state funding for these libraries, which will help the facilities make much-needed improvements and better serve local families.”

Local public libraries have been an integral part of Pennsylvania’s heritage and culture, and continue to play an important role in our communities today. Lately, many libraries are being visited by record numbers of patrons, including people looking for a job, students doing school work, and families searching for affordable entertainment options.

“As we continue to expand the different ways that libraries are utilized, we need to ensure that these important public facilities remain updated,” Scarnati said.

More information regarding library funding can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website: http://www.pde.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/library_funding/8702

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