The FY2013 State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Program Awards were announced and eleven MHLS Member Libraries have been awarded funds. These libraries started this process a year ago and have patiently waited for this announcement! Area legislators made the announcements last week and had this to say about the importance of libraries and state construction funds for libraries through their press releases:
"Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times. Libraries are also some of the most historic landmarks we have and are in need of repairs and upgrades to ensure their future viability and accessibility. Electronic lending has skyrocketed and many people utilize the Internet at their local library to job search or catch up on news from around the globe. Technology upgrades are imperative to help libraries keep up with changing needs." -Senator James Seward
"Our public libraries are cornerstones of our communities.This grant money will revitalize our libraries and make them more energy efficient while saving tax dollars and creating good, local jobs." -Senator Terry Gipson
"I couldn't be happier to announce these grants for libraries across my district. This will help many of these libraries make much needed upgrades and provide the best possible service and technology to the residents they serve. I will continue to fight for our libraries and education system to bring as much of our tax money back from Albany, home where it belongs." - Senator Greg Ball
"Libraries have been asked to serve more patrons' mounting needs, with fewer resources than ever before. These community centers play a crucial role in local life and will put their new funding to excellent use." -Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
"This is exactly the kind of use that our state funds should go towards. [Libraries] throughout the Hudson Valley provide limitless benefits to our children's education and adult services." -Assemblyman Frank Skartados
2013 Awards in the Mid-Hudson Library System:
D.R. Evarts Library District: $5,700
Historic preservation and energy efficiency work on the exterior of the building - repointing and rehabilitation of brick exterior; restoration of corbels and dentils.
Howland Public Library: $15,122
Fašade work to connect two areas of existing building. Will result in 80 square feet of additional space while addressing NYSERDA identified energy conservation measures for the building envelope.
Claverack Free Library: $80,500
Secondary phase of a large adaptive re-use project to address building envelope issues; electrical system; and creation of a handicapped accessible entry way. Increase in usable public space once the entire project is complete: 342%.
Haines Falls Free Library: $130,095
Later phase of a significant renovation project to install Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, handicapped accessible restrooms and other handicapped accessible aspects of the facility. Increase in usable public space once the entire project is complete: 466%.
Kinderhook Memorial Library: $2,555
The project optimizes the entry by replacing the old porch and circulation desk to improve access, staff efficiency and security of library materials.
Mid-Hudson Library System: $22,828
Rehabilitate 2,000 sq. ft. of space in the MHLS Auditorium basement by removing cracked and broken asbestos flooring. This will result in more available storage space which will free-up space for small-group meetings and training in the main MHLS Office Building.
Patterson Library Association: $21,106
This project will complete outstanding exterior projects and create a new technology lab for a renovated interior space, to improve access and increase disadvantaged populations' skills.
Phoenicia Library: $177,714
This project includes a two-story addition to the library for increased library services, adding an elevator for ADA accessibility, maximizing energy efficiency, and adding both a children's room and a community room to maximize this facility as a community hub. Slated to be the first Passive House designed library in the country.
Morton Memorial Library: $4,194
Alterations and upgrades to the building's heating system to improve energy efficiency. Upgrades are based on a NYSERDA Energy Audit.
Stone Ridge Library: $51,531
This project includes stabilization & restoration of the fašade & south wall of the library's 1798 building plus facility upgrades for energy efficiency, access and safety including a new leach field, an energy efficient boiler, and energy efficient windows in the hyphen connecting the two library buildings.
Woodstock Public Library District: $14,200
Purchase of a facility that will become the library's annex to provide additional meeting space and technology-based offerings.