Groton, Ithaca public libraries awarded grants

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Two community libraries in Tompkins County received grant funding for ongoing construction projects.

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Groton Public Library was awarded $150k to help with phase two of a complete interior redesign.

Both the children’s area and adult stacks are set to be relocated for the building of two handicap-accessible bathrooms and a vestibule.

Ithaca’s Finger Lakes Library System on Dryden Road will get more than $60k for roof work on both the two-story and single-story parts of building. A new parking lot is also planned.

The grants were announced by State Senator James Seward as part of an overall $950k package for the 51st district.

Funding was allocated from a total $34 million in capital funds within the 2019-20 state budget for public library construction and broadband infrastructure projects.

“Our libraries are significant educational resources that also serve as community hubs. In many towns and villages, the local library is also a historic landmark in need of costly technological and accessibility upgrades that must be accomplished while still maintaining the building’s traditional character.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our local library administrators have met new challenges head-on and I applaud them for continuing to safely serve the public under these trying circumstances.

Libraries have evolved a great deal over the years to continue to meet community needs, especially in the rural areas I represent. 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.

Many adjustments have taken place over the past few months, but our local libraries are still vital community beacons.” – State Senator James Seward

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