ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that libraries in her district will begin receiving additional funding that she secured during this year's legislative session.
Every library in Young's district will receive $6,800 disbursed through the State Education Department.
"Today's libraries are home to after-school programs for children, host informative public events and educational presentations, and provide Internet access and valuable resources to job seekers," said Young. "They are such an important part of our communities and serve a critical role in providing people with the resources to further their education, search for a job, and provide their children with a safe environment to expand their learning.
"Budget constraints often limit the ability of libraries to provide the services people have come to rely on, which is why this additional funding is so important.
Young has consistently earned high marks from library organizations for her support of library funding in the State Budget, her sponsorship of pro-library legislation, and for voting in support of legislation that helps foster the success of community libraries.
"This was a challenging year for our state but I am proud to have stood up for our libraries," Young stated. "The demand for their services is on the rise and matter more now than ever.
"Our libraries make our communities better places to live and they should be supported and strengthened."