Seven libraries in Erie and Niagara counties have been awarded state grants for renovations, updates, roofs and upgraded accessibility.
The state Education Department awarded $14 million in grants to libraries throughout the state, including $411,099 to the West Seneca Public Library for interior renovations.
“Many public libraries statewide lack updated technology or facilities to fully serve children, parents and other community members,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa.
“If libraries are going to be an exciting destination for children and families, they need proper facilities.
Other awards include:
• Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave., $176,833 for roof replacement.
• Lewiston Public Library, 305 South Eighth St., $120,000 to replace the flat roof.
• Niagara Branch Library, 280 Porter Ave., $53,931 to upgrade and rehabilitate the elevator and construct an accessible family rest room.
• Wilson Community Library, 265 Young St., $37,763 for roof renovation.
• North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive; $20,250 to construct an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant rest room with a baby changing station.
•Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave., $7,493 to replace windows on the second and third floors.
“Public libraries are centers of communities,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
“These construction grants will enable public libraries statewide to make much-needed renovations or upgrade technologies to better serve the community,” she said.