by Andrew Henderson
The Hannibal and Phoenix libraries are among a handful of Oswego County libraries to receive construction grant funding, according to state representatives.
Senator Patty Ritchie announced that more than $100,000 in funding will be awarded to libraries in Oswego County through public library construction grant funds.
The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2011 state budget.
“Libraries are being used now, more than ever across New York State, especially right here in Central New York,” said Ritchie. “These funds will ensure that the public will be able to continue to provide a vital resource — everything from checking out the latest bestseller to conducting research — that the people in our area so heavily depend upon.”
The funding will be used to make structures more energy efficient, expand facilities and make needed repairs.
A recent survey has shown that more than 40 percent of over 1,000 public library buildings in communities across the state are more than 60 years old. Another 30 percent are more than three decades old.
The Hannibal Free Library will receive $30,394 for a 22-by-12 foot addition. The addition will incorporate an existing garage for storage and office areas.
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