WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State Library has awarded construction grants to three public libraries in the 92nd Assembly District, according to Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh/Mount Pleasant).
The grants, from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction and renovation provided in the 2015 state budget, have been awarded to the Mount Pleasant and Greenburgh public libraries, along with the Warner Public Library in Tarrytown.
“I am pleased that these libraries were recognized and selected to receive these much-needed grants,” said Abinanti, chair of the Assembly Committee on Libraries and Education Technology. “Local libraries are more than just books on a shelf. They are gathering places for all members of a community to meet, share and learn.”
The grants come at a time when many of New York’s public libraries are in need of renovations and upgrading, Abinanti said. Many are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient and lack adequate meeting rooms and public spaces, he said.
Under the grant program, the Warner Public Library will receive $30,734 for interior renovations to increase public meeting space, while the Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville will receive $32,500 for renovations to make five restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The largest of the three grants went to the Greenburgh Public Library, which will receive $44,868 for interior renovations to create four new individual and group study rooms.
Abinanti said the money will allow all of the libraries “to better serve our community.”