The New York State Education Department announced this week the recipients of the 2019-20 library construction program grant awards.
Included were 11 libraries in the 42nd Senate District, which is represented by State Senator Jen Metzger, that will receive close to one million dollars in state funding.
“This funding will help pay for much needed capital improvements to our libraries, which provide countless benefits to our communities,” Metzger said in the press release announcing the grants. “Our local libraries, which are managed and staffed by such dedicated people, offer everyone, regardless of income, free educational resources, access to computers and the internet, and programs that enrich our quality of life. It’s hard to think of another community institution that plays so many valuable roles.”
Among the 11 libraries is the Tuxedo Park Library, which will receive $84,281 for interior renovations to improve public meeting and study spaces.
The grants can provide up to 75 percent of approved costs of capital projects for libraries in economically disadvantaged communities and up to 50 percent for all other libraries.