Dunkirk Free Library undergoes renovations

The Dunkirk Free Library has seen some much needed renovation in the past weeks.

A major lighting renovation has taken place throughout the interior of the library. The lights that have been hanging in the library were aging, malfunctioning, and expensive to run and maintain.

The Library Board of Directors and Library Director Janice Dekoff applied for a New York State Public Library Construction grant in 2011 to upgrade the lighting making the library brighter, safer, and more energy efficient.

Thanks to the Public Library Construction Grant, a Community Grant courtesy of Lake Shore Savings Bank, funding from library supporters, and a rebate from NYSERDA, the library was able to complete the lighting renovation by the end of March. Ahlstrom-Schaeffer Electric of James-town did the work, installing energy-efficient fixtures estimated to save an average of $1,500 in energy costs per year.

The library also had a security update in March. A new security system, including four cameras and a digital video recorder, were installed thanks to a donation from Alona Forbes. The new cameras monitor the children’s room, main library, computer room and rear lobby.

The goal of both projects is to improve safety for the community in the library and the overall library experience. The support for both projects, from local donors and state grants, has made those goals a reality.