Assemblyman Finch Announces Grants For Libraries in 123rd Assembly District

March 4, 2009

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I – Springport) announced that four libraries in his district will receive state aid in 2009. The four libraries – Lisle Free Library, Aurora Free Library, Peck Memorial Library and Phillips Free Library – will receive a total of almost $160,000 in state grants.

“Libraries afford a wealth of knowledge to anyone who wishes to take advantage of what they have to offer,” said Finch. “I encourage everyone to take time, stop by their library and browse all of the information available.”

A recent survey of New York’s public libraries has shown a significant need for construction and renovations totaling more than $2.2 billion. Almost half of the state’s public libraries are over 60 years old and, thus, must be upgraded and repaired.

The grants, which will be used for restoration, repair and upgrades, will be given out as follows: Lisle Free Library will receive $38,036 for expansion of its parking lot and sidewalks as well as new lighting and drainage facilities; Aurora Free Library, $48,940 for restoration of the entryway; Peck Memorial Library, $23,094 for new shelving and storage; and Phillips Free Library, $48,065 for reconstruction of the entryway, installation of drainage and lighting and book drops.

“These grants will help to ensure that our libraries are kept in the best shape possible and that we keep them stocked with modern equipment so that they can provide the best service possible to our communities,” Finch stated.