A number of local libraries will be getting significant funding to help with renovation and construction projects.

Senator Joe Griffo announced the funding Tuesday and says the funding is part of a $34 million capital fund appropriation in the 2018 state budget specifically for libraries.

The Deputy Minority Leader awarded the following grants.

Dunham Public Library: $90,988 for interior and exterior renovations including a HVAC upgrade.
Mid York Library System: $118,820 for new parking lot and other exterior renovations including an ADA compliant entrance.
Utica Public Library: $72,198 for interior renovations, including a new lighting system.
Waterville Public Library: $21,829 for boiler replacement and exterior renovations.
Western Town Library: $33,446 for electrical system changes and safety measures.
Hepburn Library of Norfolk: $13,405 to refurbish historic arch windows for energy efficiency.
Lowville Free Library: $24,091 for roof upgrades and a generator.
Lyons Falls Library: $79,009 for exterior renovations and stairway replacement.
Norwood Public Library: $73,997 to expand the children’s area, create a new teen space and install sidewalks.
Potsdam Public Library: $297,017 for new HVAC, lighting and other interior upgrades.

Griffo says,

Our public libraries have evolved into more than just a place where people can check out books. They are now community spaces that offer a variety of important service and resources to families, seniors and residents. I know that this funding will help our libraries to flourish and to become an even stronger part of communities they serve.

These grants will help these local libraries continue operating without having to worry about expensive repairs that could take away from operating costs.