The Wallkill Public Library is one of eight libraries in the region to receive a construction award, State Senator Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale) announced Tuesday.
The Wallkill Public Library will receive $198,461 for a reading room addition to improve flexibility and program offerings, as well as roofing improvements. The New York State Education Department and New York State Library awards are supported by a $34 million capital fund appropriation in the 2019-2020 State Budget.
“Our public libraries are about so much more than lending books,” said Metzger. “They are a vital community resource and gathering place, a go-to for information, a place where people can access a computer and the internet or enjoy a lecture or educational program--and it is all free. During this challenging time, our libraries are more important than ever, and these capital grants enable repairs and upgrades that improve safety and comfort for library patrons and staff, and often save taxpayers money by reducing energy costs.
Also receiving grants are the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library in Monticello, Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, Greenwood Lake Public Library, Port Jervis Free Library, Tuxedo Park Library, and Western Sullivan Public Library in Jeffersonville.