Wolf Administration Invests $3.25 Million to Strengthen Libraries

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced that 19 public libraries in 12 counties have been awarded $3.25 million in Keystone Grants to use toward improving physical facilities.

“Public libraries today provide far more services to their communities beyond providing access to books, computers and research,” said Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Libraries. “Libraries also offer patrons spaces to hold community discussions and classrooms to learn new skills. The Keystone Library grants will enable libraries to improve their physical facilities so they can continue to serve their communities.”

Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.

Grant recipients include:

Project Library
Amount Awarded
Project Description
Borough of Brentwood
Brentwood Library
Replace roof with efficient solution.
Municipality of Mt. Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Replace HVAC, replace carpet, add security access controls to interior and exterior doors.
City of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Renovate 11,000 sf of public/staff spaces on 1st floor; reconfigure for accessibility, replace outdated systems; exterior renovations include relocating main entrance.
City of Aliquippa
B.F. Jones Memorial Library
Replace boiler with efficient system.
County of Bucks
Bucks County Free Library: Levittown Library
Replace deteriorated windows with energy efficient models.
Morrisville Borough
Morrisville Free Library
Replace slate roof on 108-year-old building.
Township of Northampton
Free Library of Northampton Township
Replace automatic entrance doors, replace carpet, repair cupola windows and atrium, upgrade electrical wiring, replace 3 HVAC units.
Borough of Riegelsville
Riegelsville Public Library
Replace original slate roof and single-pane windows; repair masonry cracks and minor interior water damage.
Clinton Township
South Butler Community Library
Replace HVAC systems with energy efficient furnace/air conditioner. Replace fluorescents with LED.
Borough of Oxford
Oxford Library Company
Replace water heater, gas boiler, air handler in original library building.
Tredyffrin Township
Tredyffrin Township Libraries
Replace 1st floor lighting with LED
Borough of New Cumberland
New Cumberland Public Library
Replace roof and gutters; replace damaged flooring.
Forest County
Marienville Area Library
Replace library building with efficient, accessible structure with double the square footage.
Mount Joy Borough
Milanof-Schock Library
Replace rubber roof, gutters, interior lights.
Dallas Borough
Back Mountain Memorial Library
Renovate meeting room to make it more accessible and provide additional space.
Luzerne County
Wyoming Free Library
Install automatic doors; replace HVAC with energy efficient system; replace lighting.
City of Shamokin
Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library
Install chair lift to make 2nd floor accessible; replace windows; repair ceiling; replace boiler and lighting for energy efficiency.
County of Union
Public Library for Union County
Construct 1146 sf addition for children’s wing with programming space and family restroom; reconfigure other public spaces; update HVAC and lighting.
City of Franklin
Oil Region Library Association: Franklin Public Library
Replace three roofs.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.  

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