By: Jennifer Corr & Julie Prisco
The New York State Training Division in October awarded $34 million to 233 public libraries and programs throughout the state, together with the Nice Neck Public Library and the Port Washington Public Library. The funds are supposed to assist libraries assemble new buildings, create additions, replace electrical wiring and pc know-how, enhance broadband infrastructure, meet energy-efficiency requirements and renew amenities to offer full accessibility to library customers with disabilities, in addition to create assembly areas to accommodate neighborhood wants.
“State Development Help permits public libraries the chance to satisfy the altering calls for of the trendy world. Nassau’s residents nonetheless use the library to browse and borrow books, however in addition they use libraries as distant workspaces and for the expertise of studying along with others at occasions and applications,” Nassau Library System Assistant Director Nicole Scherer stated. “The general public library constructing is an important neighborhood asset. Development Help is essential for guaranteeing public libraries can proceed to maintain their buildings attentive to neighborhood wants.”
A press launch from the State Training Division said that venture actions eligible for awards embrace financing broadband infrastructure, development of latest library buildings, development of additives to present buildings, and the renovation or rehabilitation of present house. The tasks can embrace roof substitute; the acquisition and set up of other vitality sources, HVAC programs, home windows, doorways and lighting programs; electrical upgrades; and development of latest or substitute walkways, parking heaps, standby mills, and electrical car charging stations. As well as, new furnishings, shelving, and tools, together with pc tools, might be bought for brand new or newly renovated areas.
“Precedence can be given to renovations designed to offer accessibility for patrons with disabilities and tasks to increase library providers to individuals residing in geographically remoted and economically deprived and distressed communities,” the press launch said.
The libraries in Nassau County decide what tasks they want to do to enhance their library. Then the Nassau County Library System helps the libraries apply for funding for the totally different tasks and assists the libraries all through the applying course of.
The Nice Neck Public Library obtained $297,281. The cash will go in direction of the renovation of the Parkville Department, which is able to change the inside design to seize the very best use of the house whereas maximizing operate and enchantment.
The Nice Neck Public Library system is comprised of 4 totally different buildings: the principle constructing, the Lakeville Department, the Station Department and the Parkville Department. The Parkville Department is positioned at 10 Campbell St.
Like most libraries, the Nice Neck Public Library gives many occasions, programs and workshops for younger youngsters, teenagers, adults and seniors. Each department within the Nice Neck Library system gives totally different occasions. With the cash the Parkville Department has obtained, it is going to be in a position to redesign it is house to extend availability for the enjoyable and informational occasions that many residents attend.
The Port Washington Public Library obtained $279,282. The cash will fund upgrades to the outside library constructing facade to enhance vitality efficiency and scale back air and water infiltration. Roof substitute above Grownup Studying Middle can be within the plan for upgrades.
“It’s a multi-phase venture,” stated Port Washington Public Library Director Keith Klang. “The long-term objective of the venture is to make the library extra sustainable, decrease vitality prices, and scale back any form of water infiltration to the constructing that will structurally compromise us.”
Section one of many two-phase venture started proper after Labor Day. Section one focuses on the facade and roof of the constructing being renovated. Then part two will contain resealing all the home windows across the perimeter of the constructing and doing dome glass substitute the place wanted.
“The funding from the Library Development Help is one thing that we advocate for yearly with assist from our legislators, our representatives and our advocates in Albany,” stated Klang. “We’re not alone on this; there are many libraries throughout the state that want this type of assist. For us to be nice libraries, we have to have the buildings to have the ability to serve the neighborhood. We’re actually appreciative of everybody for serving to safe the funding.”
“A library is a degree of delight for any neighborhood because the embodiment of its perception within the energy of studying and connecting with one another,” Scherer stated. “That is very true in Nassau County, the place individuals deeply worth alternatives for private progress. Our public libraries serve in that capability for individuals of all ages and all pursuits every time they’re prepared for it and we’re rewarded with passionate patrons in return.”