Assemblyman Giglio announces grants for local libraries

Four New York state libraries will receive grant funding as announced recently by Assemblyman Joseph Giglio. Locally, the Gowanda Free Library in Gowanda will receive funding as part of the grants totaling $39,000.

The four libraries that will be receiving grant funding are Gowanda Free Library with $11,737; Colonial Library in Richburg with $11,747; Essential Club Free Library in Canaseraga with $2,800; and King Memorial Library in Machias with $12,863.

“Many of our libraries in New York state are housed in buildings that are decades old. It is important that we provide resources to maintain the libraries in our communities,” said Giglio in a press release. “I am proud that several community libraries in my district are able to take advantage of this funding for their construction and renovation needs.”

In total, New York state will award $14 million in grants to be used to offer greater enhancements and accessibility for libraries. These renovations include the construction of additions to existing buildings and rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacement; purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems; doors, windows, and lighting systems; electrical upgrades; and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots, among other things.

“Libraries are an incredibly important resource for our residents of all ages, offering critical early literacy services and providing job training resources for adults,” said Giglio. “These services, among others, make libraries a vital element for the continued success of New York’s public education system. I want to encourage members of the community to take a trip to their local library to get a glimpse of what they offer.”