Oaks Announces Construction Grant Awards For Libraries

Assemblyman and Ranking Minority Ways and Means Committee Member Robert Oaks announced that the Newark Public Library and the Hannibal Free Library have been awarded a total of $177,379.

The funds will pay for physical improvements to the buildings that will enhance service to library patrons.

The grants are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2013 State Budget.

“I am happy to announce this funding,” Assemblyman Oaks said. “Many of our local libraries are in need of renovation and upgrading. Libraries in rural communities are very heavily used for many reasons. They have become important meeting places as well as places for everything from finding reading materials to having access to public computers. It is heartening to see this kind of financial support for physical improvements that will help make libraries even better community resources.”

• Newark Public Library will receive $165,581. The money will pay for the replacement of a lift with a handicapped-accessible commercial elevator and renovations to public service areas.

• Hannibal Free Library received $11,798 for construction to improve handicapped accessibility on walkways, steps and ramps.

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program include: financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacements, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, lighting systems, electrical upgrades, 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 reconfigured or renovated space.

Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities is a high priority.