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09/20/2018

Wolf Administration Awards $6.8 Million in Keystone Library Grants

Harrisburg, PA - Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera today announced that 27 public libraries in 18 counties have been awarded $6.8 million in Keystone Grants to use toward improving physical facilities.

“The role public libraries play in their communities has evolved to meet the needs of those they serve,” Secretary Rivera said. “In addition to broadening users’ outlooks through books, computers and other resources, libraries serve as gathering spaces for community discussion, host STEM-aligned makerspaces, and can be innovation incubators, where neighbors can foster and advance new ideas.

“Over time, the physical facilities need updated or improved so the libraries can continue to meet the needs of their patrons,” he added. “This year’s Keystone Grants will enable more than two dozen libraries to better serve their communities.”

Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.

Grant recipients include:

County

Municipality

Project

Amount Awarded

Brief Project Description

Adams

East Berlin Borough

East Berlin Community Library dba Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of Berlin

$112,948.00

Convert basement level to usable space, including programming and storage spaces; upgrade basement restroom to ADA compliance; install automatic ADA doors to front entrance of library.

Allegheny

Ross Township

Northland Public Library Authority

$568,973.00

Replace leaking roof & skylight; upgrade HVAC system for efficient performance.

Allegheny

Shaler Township

Shaler North Hills Library

$45,500.00

Install 39 energy-efficient windows; replace carpet in one children's room.

Allegheny

Pittsburgh City

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh / Mt. Washington branch

$750,000.00

Renovate for ADA, including elevator and restrooms; add 2300 sf over 2 floors incl. meeting space; improvements to all systems and roof.

Armstrong

Apollo Borough

Apollo Memorial Library

$23,100.00

Replace flat rubber roof; upgrade lights to LED and new panel; repaint library interior.

Berks

Reading City

Reading Public Library: Northwest Branch

$77,500.00

Replace 39-year old HVAC with new system.

Bradford

Athens Borough

Spalding Memorial Library

$99,933.00

Replace 29 windows, repair front steps, railings, columns, slate tiles. Historic building.

Bucks

Bucks County

Bucks County Free Library/Doylestown Branch

$443,460.00

Replace metal roof.

Butler

Cranberry Township

Cranberry Public Library

$475,964.00

ADA main entrance doors; new carpeting; LED lighting upgrades; create Makerspace.

Butler

Evans City Borough

Evans City Public Library

$27,256.50

Repair and upgrade outdoor lighting to LED; repoint 25% of exterior bricks; repair windows.

Butler

Zelienople Borough

Zelienople Area Public Library

$6,500.00

Upgrade carpeting on lower level: children's & children's librarian office, hall, staff breakroom, storage room.

Carbon

Lehighton Borough

Lehighton Area Memorial Library

$169,699.00

Construct 1433 sf addition for youth services, community room, 2 ADA restrooms; reconfigure spaces.

Centre

Centre County

Centre County Library and Historical Museum: Holt Memorial Library Branch

$27,000.00

Replace outdated and inefficient HVAC.

Dauphin

Derry Township

Hershey Public Library

$529,784.00

Add ADA family entrance and reading garden to side of library; relocate work room to expand children's area; create teen space.

Delaware

Middletown Township

Middletown Free Library

$750,000.00

Renovate and relocate to a former school building, increasing usable space from 6076 to 16670 sf. Library will be accessible, efficient.

Delaware

Yeadon Borough

Yeadon Public Library

$61,770.00

Install efficient HVAC; install efficient windows; install efficient lighting; convert restrooms to ADA compliance.

Delaware

Concord Township

Rachel Kohl Library

$85,000.00

Replace HVAC system and add natural gas service.

Delaware

Marple Township

Marple Library

$180,723.00

Renovate five 1977 restrooms for ADA/efficiency; replace 2 sets of automatic doors.

Lebanon

Lebanon City

Lebanon Community Library

$22,902.00

Replace stained and worn 11-year old carpeting.

Luzerne

Wilkes-Barre City

Osterhout Free Library

$120,000.00

Upgrade roof, windows, flooring to improve facility & enhance efficiency.

McKean

Bradford City

Bradford Area Public Library

$45,440.00

Renovate two public restrooms into three, replace all fixtures, meet ADA.

Montgomery

Lower Merion Township

Lower Merion Library System / Ludington Library

$260,000.00

Replace windows, upgrade lighting, replace key HVAC equipment. Improve efficiency.

Montgomery

Upper Dublin Township

Upper Dublin Public Library

$750,000.00

Replace windows, upgrade lighting, replace key HVAC equipment. Improve efficiency.

Montgomery

Ambler Borough

Wissahickon Valley Public Library

$750,000.00

Renovate to be handicap-accessible; renovate to add 2458 sf including meeting spaces, restrooms, lobby; efficiency improvements with HVAC, windows, lighting upgrades.

Somerset

Somerset Borough

Mary S. Biesecker Public Library

$222,394.76

Renovate two public restrooms into three, replace all fixtures, meet ADA.

Washington

McDonald Borough

Heritage Public Library

$11,916.00

Replace HVAC; repair sidewalk and railing; replace gutters; alter side entrance for ADA.

York

York County

York County Libraries / Martin Library

$233,834.20

Reconstruct public restrooms.

Total Funded

 

 

$6,851,597.46

 

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