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Area libraries set to receive grants

Several area libraries are getting state grant money for projects.

Local grants include:

¯ Darwin Barker Library Association, Fredonia, $10,600 to install a new front exterior door, new electric door openers and replace the library’s gutters.

¯ Dunkirk Public Library, $18,170 to intall wall-mounted air conditioning systems and UV deflecting window film.

¯ Fluvanna Free Library, $9,000 for a new roof.

¯ Hazeltine Public Library, Busti, $15,900 for new storage and program space.

¯ James Prendergast Library, Jamestown, $5,999 to upgrade the library’s heating system’s pneumatic actuators to electric for greater control over the system.

¯ Kennedy Free Library, $42,542 to make the library ADA compliant and open the basement for greater public use.

¯ Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library, Stockton, $62,697 to install a high-efficiency heat pump/air conditioning system, signs and a complete solar electric installation.

¯ Minerva Free Library, Sherman, $11,625 for waterproof chimneys and brick work, inspect the roof decking under the shingles, replace shingles and restore plaster inside and prime and paint areas of the library.

¯ Patterson Library, Westfield, $323,318 to regrade drainage, upgrade the wheelchair lift and replace some heating and air conditioning elements.

¯ Ripley Public Library, $199,725 to add a balcony to the main room, complete a new circulation area with a new work space, kitchenette and office, and install a new heating and air conditioning system and carpet.

Project activities eligible for awards include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation or rehabilitation of existing space. The projects can include roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy sources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots. New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer equipment, can be purchased for new or newly renovated space. Broadband infrastructure projects are also eligible. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities is a high priority. Priority is also given to projects that will extend library services to people residing in geographically isolated and economically disadvantaged communities.

Construction funds are allocated to New York State’s 23 public library systems based on formulas in Education Law. Member libraries apply for the State funds allocated to their public library system. Each library system’s governing Board of Trustees then prioritizes the projects and sends approved project applications with recommended project awards to the State Library. After State Library review, applications are then sent to the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY) for final review and approval.

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