The Hannibal Free and Fulton Public libraries will each receive $5,000 in special state funding secured by state Sen. Patty Ritchie.
Ritchie announced she has secured a second round of the funding, bringing the total aid she delivered to libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties to more than $160,000.
The most recent round of $76,000 in special funding will be split between 24 area libraries and builds upon an additional $85,000 in aid announced by Ritchie in June, as well as a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide.
“As summer draws to a close and students return to the classroom, many turn their focus towards getting back to the books,” said Ritchie, who serves on the recently re-formed State Senate Select Committee on Libraries.
“Our area’s libraries are an outstanding educational resource, not only for students but adults as well,” she added. “I am thrilled to be able to provide this funding, which will go a long way towards increasing access to educational opportunities, entertainment, job-search tools and so much more at the many libraries throughout our region.”
There are more than 7,000 public libraries in New York state, including more than 50 public libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties — one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in any Senate district in the state.
Other Oswego County libraries receiving funding are Mexico Public Library and Central Square Library, which will each receive $3,000, and Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library in Sandy Creek, which will get $2,500.