Harrisburg, PA - The state Department of Education (PDE) today announced that nearly $5.3 million in funding has been awarded to 21 libraries in 17 counties for the construction and rehabilitation of public library facilities.
“Public libraries are a community staple — helping residents access critical services, resources, and programming, from educational materials to broadband,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “This year’s round of Keystone Library grants will help Pennsylvania’s libraries improve their facilities and operations to better serve visitors and patrons.”
The award recipients were selected through a competitive grant process. The Keystone grants will help public library facilities improve their operations, install equipment, and upgrade security systems.
Libraries receiving the Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities include:
- Albion Area Public Library, Albion Borough - $29,910
- Andrew Carnegie Free Library, Borough of Carnegie - $154,493
- Annie Halenbake Ross Library, City of Lock Haven - $23,950
- Annville Free Library, Annville Township - $750,000
- Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Borough of Bellwood - $5,250
- Blasco Memorial Library, Erie County - $117,757.50
- Butler Area Public Library, City of Butler - $29,286
- Cambria County Library, Cambria County - $364,100
- Community Library of the Shenango Valley, City of Sharon - $162,113.50
- Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata Borough - $32,470.91
- Free Library of Philadelphia: Frankford Library, City of Philadelphia - $750,000
- Haverford Township Free Library, Haverford Township - $750,000
- Lancaster Public Library, City of Lancaster - $750,000
- Laughlin Memorial Library, Borough of Ambridge - $227,336
- Mount Carmel Area Public Library, Mount Carmel Borough - $59,000
- North Wales Area Library, North Wales Borough - $90,000
- Pike County Public Library - $120,000
- Sewickley Public Library, Borough of Sewickley - $750,000
- Springboro Public Library, Borough of Springboro - $10,000
- Upper Darby Township & Sellers Memorial Free Public Library, Upper Darby Township - $25,000
- York County Libraries: Glatfelter Memorial Library, York County - $80,000
The Keystone, Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund was established by the General Assembly in 1993. The Department of Education, through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development, administers the public library portion of this program which is funded from a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax.
Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of public libraries. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, roof improvements, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.
PDE’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries supports, develops, and provides library services for learning and advancement. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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