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Friday, August 14, 2015

ALBANY — The Lockport Public Library has been awarded $34,215 for phase II of its project to rehabilitate the front porch, steps and original front wall on the exterior of the building, part of $47,000 in state funding awarded to Niagara County libraries.

State Sen. Rob Ortt announced the funding agreement today, along with $10,375 for the Niagara Falls Public Library LaSalle Branch and $2,750 to the Wilson Free Library. In all, $14 million in capital funding will be spent on libraries throughout New York State.

“Libraries open the door to a multitude of opportunities and are the window to a child’s endless imagination,” said Sen. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda. “Libraries allow us to enrich our lives and expand our education. It’s important to continue that enrichment by keeping our libraries updated and up to date with the latest technology. The public library construction grants will allow these libraries to thrive and continue to serve its community members for many more years.”

The Niagara Falls library funding will be used to install an energy efficient, custom made side door, while Wilson's funding will allow for an energy efficient window replacement project.

State Aid for Library Construction help local libraries and library systems to build new libraries, construct additions to existing buildings, renovate and/or rehabilitate existing spaces, replace roofs, update electrical wiring, meet energy efficiency standards, and accommodate individuals with disabilities, among other things.

Many of New York’s public libraries are in need of renovation and upgrading. According to the New York State Library, approximately half of the more than 1,000 public library buildings in communities across the state are more than 60 years old. Another 30 percent are more than three decades old.  

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