The State Education Department has announced $923,909 in State Aid for member library and MHLS construction projects for FY2017-2018. These funds help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs.
"New York's libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading to meet the increasing needs of the children, families and adults they serve every day," said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. "These funds are not just investments in our public libraries but investments in our communities."
"Public libraries support communities in many ways - from providing early childhood programs, summer reading programs and afterschool activities to helping job-seekers find employment and offering internet access to the community," said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. "That's why it's so important to invest in our libraries across the state. The Board of Regents and I thank the Governor and the State Legislature for committing these funds so libraries across New York can improve and update their facilities to better meet the needs of students, adults, and families."
Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Chair of the Assembly Libraries and Education Technology Committee said, "The increase in construction aid funding that we were
able to secure in this year's budget will enable libraries to make critical structural and infrastructure improvements to grow their services, increase accessibility and offer the highest quality educational and technological services. Libraries, our most democratic of institutions, support lifelong learning in a safe environment and we must maintain our commitment to them and to our communities."
2018 Awards in the Mid-Hudson Library System
Reed Memorial Library (Carmel): $25,453
New energy efficient windows and HVAC system
Claverack Library: $209,072
Continued work to expand library into former firehouse next door.
Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library (Cold Spring): $48,355
Creation of a dedicated children's space
Highland Public Library: $62,292
Interior work on new building to include technology installation and custom millwork
Hudson Area Library: $39,935
Interior renovations to create office and classroom/ meeting room
Kinderhook Memorial Library: $99,750
Construction of an addition to the library
Kingston Library: $95,547
New outdoor perimeter fence
Olive Free Library: $25,268
Upgrade elevator, construction of machine room, and further interior renovations
Red Hook Public Library: $22,259
New roof and renovation of front porch
Saugerties Public Library: $13,112
Expansion of parking lot, addition of ADA parking and creation of outdoor programming area
Stanford Free Library: $115,275
New library building: excavation, foundations, and exterior walls and roof
Town of Ulster Public Library: $64,117
Addition of a multi-purpose quiet space/program space
Mid-Hudson Library System: $103,474
Renovation of the MHLS Auditorium to support public and online meetings and presentations