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Wolf Administration Invests $3.25 Million to Strengthen Libraries

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced that 19 public libraries in 12 counties have been awarded $3.25 million in Keystone Grants to use toward improving physical facilities.

“Public libraries today provide far more services to their communities beyond providing access to books, computers and research,” said Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Libraries. “Libraries also offer patrons spaces to hold community discussions and classrooms to learn new skills. The Keystone Library grants will enable libraries to improve their physical facilities so they can continue to 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:

CountyMunicipalityProject LibraryAmount AwardedProject Description
AlleghenyBorough of BrentwoodBrentwood Library$61,750.00Replace roof with efficient solution.
AlleghenyMunicipality of Mt. LebanonMt. Lebanon Public Library$215,164.06Replace HVAC, replace carpet, add security access controls to interior and exterior doors.
AlleghenyCity of PittsburghCarnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped$750,000.00Renovate 11,000 sf of public/staff spaces on 1st floor; reconfigure for accessibility, replace outdated systems; exterior renovations include relocating main entrance.
BeaverCity of AliquippaB.F. Jones Memorial Library$39,911.00Replace boiler with efficient system.
BucksCounty of BucksBucks County Free Library: Levittown Library$87,735.00Replace deteriorated windows with energy efficient models.
BucksMorrisville BoroughMorrisville Free Library$52,500.00Replace slate roof on 108-year-old building.
BucksTownship of NorthamptonFree Library of Northampton Township$225,000.00Replace automatic entrance doors, replace carpet, repair cupola windows and atrium, upgrade electrical wiring, replace 3 HVAC units.
BucksBorough of RiegelsvilleRiegelsville Public Library$80,735.00Replace original slate roof and single-pane windows; repair masonry cracks and minor interior water damage.
ButlerClinton TownshipSouth Butler Community Library$14,425.00Replace HVAC systems with energy efficient furnace/air conditioner. Replace fluorescents with LED.
ChesterBorough of OxfordOxford Library Company$10,392.75Replace water heater, gas boiler, air handler in original library building.
ChesterTredyffrin Township Tredyffrin Township Libraries $50,000.00Replace 1st floor lighting with LED
CumberlandBorough of New CumberlandNew Cumberland Public Library$241,681.50Replace roof and gutters; replace damaged flooring.
ForestForest CountyMarienville Area Library$282,997.00Replace library building with efficient, accessible structure with double the square footage.
LancasterMount Joy BoroughMilanof-Schock Library$26,577.50Replace rubber roof, gutters, interior lights.
LuzerneDallas BoroughBack Mountain Memorial Library$129,845.00Renovate meeting room to make it more accessible and provide additional space.
LuzerneLuzerne CountyWyoming Free Library$27,500.00Install automatic doors; replace HVAC with energy efficient system; replace lighting.
NorthumberlandCity of ShamokinShamokin-Coal Township Public Library$127,644.00Install chair lift to make 2nd floor accessible; replace windows; repair ceiling; replace boiler and lighting for energy efficiency.
UnionCounty of UnionPublic Library for Union County$750,000.00Construct 1146 sf addition for children's wing with programming space and family restroom; reconfigure other public spaces; update HVAC and lighting.
VenangoCity of FranklinOil Region Library Association: Franklin Public Library$75,672.00Replace three roofs.


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