Barrett secures funding for Mid-Hudson Library System

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HUDSON – Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D, Hudson) has secured $85,000 to be divvied up among the 16 libraries within her 106th Assembly District.

Barrett noted that libraries were even more important than ever given the pandemic as they expanded their high-tech role.

“Libraries offered services online. Their classes were offered online. They were offered through Zoom. In the privacy of their own homes, people were accessing those kinds of programs as well e-books and other kinds of programming. And then we saw all over this region how people ended up parking outside libraries because they didn’t have enough broadband service at home,” she said.

A total of $5,000 was allocated to the Philmont Library for a special project with the remainder divided equally among the libraries in her district for their specific needs.

“Libraries have served as an important community resource for information, access to wi-fi, virtual programs, support of children who ae struggling with virtual classrooms, helping people who are socially isolated and much more,” said Ric Sweirat, chairman of the Mid-Hudson Library System Board. “These grants will go far in supporting libraries to continue providing these supports for our community.”