Longietti: $75,000 grant to fund key upgrades to Greenville Area Public Library

HERMITAGE, Nov. 12 – A $75,000 state grant will help the Greenville Area Public Library make critical building improvements that include a new roof, a new boiler and upgraded lighting, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding from the state Department of Education’s Keystone grant program comes at a critical time.

“With the pandemic still preventing or postponing so many community activities, it’s more important than ever for residents to have a trusted, safe place to go for learning, accessing employment information, participating in educational and community programs, and just generally connecting to the outside world.

“Greenville Area Library has been all of that and more to area residents for nearly 50 years, but improvements are needed – the current boiler has reached the end of its useful life, and the roof is leaking in public areas where books are shelved. Securing this funding is going to help ensure that the library continues providing a warm, secure, protective environment for community and staff alike.”

Longietti said a Keystone grant approximately five years ago helped the library – which is located in an Act 47 “distressed community” – expand more than 1,500 square feet to accommodate growing demand.

The grant is part of a package of $5.1 million in competitive grants to 18 public libraries statewide funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grantees can receive up to 50% of the funding needed to upgrade or rehabilitate public libraries.

More information about the grants, including the full list of awardees, is available here, and more information about the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund is available here.