Eleven Hudson Valley libraries share in state grant dollars


ALBANY – The State Education Department today awarded $14 million in grants to 173 public libraries statewide for construction projects.
“Public libraries are centers of communities,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “These construction grants will enable public libraries statewide to make much-needed renovations or upgrade technologies to better serve the community. We must continue to invest in public libraries. The Board of Regents and I thank the Governor’s Office and the State Legislature for committing these funds.”
Project activities eligible for grants include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation or rehabilitation of existing space. The projects can include roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots. New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer equipment, can be purchased for new or newly renovated space. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities is a high priority.

Mid-Hudson Library System

Project Description

Claverack Free Library 
Building renovation project including asbestos removal, HVAC, and fiber optic network.

Hudson Area Association Library
Three ADA-accessible single-user/family restrooms.

Kinderhook Memorial Library
Add 450 square feet of usable space to the building and supplement areas of wireless access.

Morton Memorial Library and Community House
Rehabilitate and weatherproof windows, and update main library space and community room with energy-efficient lighting fixtures.

Mid-Hudson Library System
Provide ADA-compliant restrooms and improve safety of 1st floor lobby area and access to restrooms.

Catskill Public Library
Upgrade the HVAC system and insulate the attic.

Reed Memorial Library
Convert to natural gas, install generator, and insulate pipes.

Putnam Valley Free Library
Replace pedestrian bridge which provides access to the Library.

Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library
Renovate storage space into a secure Computer Lab.

Kingston Library
Children’s room renovation.

Olive Free Library
Purchase and install emergency generator, update electrical panels, consolidate electrical service, and install transfer switches and utility pole.


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