Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) has helped secure over $234,000 for local libraries under the Public Library Construction Grant Program for 2007. The funds will be used to help libraries renovate their buildings, expand existing capacity and provide much-needed computer equipment.
“Libraries are vital community institutions that play an integral role in the education of our children and serve as a meeting point for local organizations and social groups. That’s why it is crucial that we invest in their maintenance and provide them with updated computer technology and equipment. I am proud to be supporting such an outstanding community resource and look forward to visiting our newly renovated libraries,” said McKevitt.
The East Meadow Public Library will be using their allocated funds, $109,452, to replace the building’s roof and install a scuttle to allow access to the roof from the building’s interior. The Williston Park Public Library will receive $14,125 to build an addition to the front entrance to accommodate additional space. Additionally, the Hillside Public Library of New Hyde Park will receive $7,119 to purchase and install 32 new computers and 5 zoom text magnifiers for the visually impaired. Lastly, the Merrick Library will receive $104,121 for the complete restoration of the annex library building.
These grants are supported by a $14 million 2006 legislative appropriation for construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems in New York State.