State grant will aid Greenville’s plans to expand, renovate its library

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Mark Longietti announced that Greenville has received a $500,000 state grant to expand and renovate the Greenville Area Public Library.

 

“During the past five years, the Greenville Area Public Library has had a 120 percent increase in attendance,” said Longietti, who wrote a letter in support of the library’s grant application. “The library needs improvements to properly serve the community, and this grant is critical to the borough’s plan.”

 

“We are delighted that the commonwealth is investing in the Greenville Public Library,” said John Hauser, president of the Greenville Area Public Library Board of Directors. ”We have a dynamic program and this will help us move to the next level.”

 

Hauser thanked Longietti, former state Sen. Bob Robbins and current state Sen. Michele Brooks for supporting the grant application.

 

The $1.4 million project includes additions to the west side and front of the library to add 1,535 square feet of space, moving the children’s library to the lower level so it has more room to accommodate the growing children’s program, and installing an elevator and making the entire building handicapped accessible.

 

The work also includes adding a new meeting/reading room, renovating work room areas to improve efficiency, and installing LED light fixtures.

 

This is the first renovation to the building since it opened in 1971.

 

The grant was awarded through the Keystone Fund Grant Program for Public Libraries and is the maximum amount permitted.

 

The grant program was created in 1993 when the General Assembly passed legislation to establish the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The Pennsylvania Department of Education, through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, administers the public library portion of the program. It awards competitive grants to help fund construction grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. Grants pay up to half the eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries. A dollar-for-dollar match is required for grant funds received.