Local libraries get state funds for renovations

Shweta Karikehalli | The Daily Star Oneonta's Huntington Memorial Library, shown here Thursday, is one of several in the region to get state grants for building improvements.

Local libraries will receive funding for a variety of projects, according to a pair of area Assembly members.

Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, said three Otsego County libraries are among 10 in the 121st Assembly District that will receive funding from the State Education Department Public Library Construction Project.

Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta will get $121,804 for the installation of energy-efficient and historically-accurate outdoor lighting.

Edmeston Free Library will receive $81,437 for interior and exterior renovations.

Richfield Springs Public Library will receive $9,311 to upgrade a restroom for ADA compliance.

“I am ecstatic to bring this much-needed funding to our local libraries,” Salka said in a media release. “Bringing the magic of reading to another generation is something I will always support, and our libraries need our help to keep pace with the technological demands of the modern world. Ensuring that they have the funding they need and the publicity for all they offer is near and dear to my heart. I encourage all of my constituents to take advantage of all that our great libraries have to offer.”

In the neighboring 122nd Assembly District, Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch, R-Bainbridge, said three local libraries are among those receiving funding.

Guernsey Memorial Library in Norwich will receive $212,028 for ADA-compliant renovations, including six restrooms.

Sidney Memorial Public Library will receive $63,896 for replacement of a boiler.

William B. Ogden Free Library in Walton will get $142,922 for exterior rehabilitation.

“I am very happy to see libraries in the 122nd Assembly District receive the necessary funding they need to make improvements and upgrades to their buildings,” Crouch said in a media release. “Libraries are a big part of our small rural communities in the Southern Tier, providing resources and books people of all ages. We must continue to do anything we can do to keep their doors open.”

 The funding derives from a $34 million capital fund set aside for public library construction and broadband internet projects that was secured in the 2018-19 state budget.

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