Desmond-Fish Library to Receive $20,000 State Grant

New high-tech heating system will reduce energy usage

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that two libraries in her Assembly District will be receiving grants from New York State. As times change, the needs of public libraries throughout the state for renovations and changes are growing exponentially. Whether it is to increase accessibility for certain individuals or the overwhelming heat or cold patrons feel due to an inefficient air conditioning system, there is always something that needs to be improved. Statistics show that over 48 percent of New York’s 1,000-plus public libraries were constructed over 60 years ago. So much has changed in technology and architecture, and libraries are community hubs that need to keep up with changing times and growing community dependence on the availability of services at these public institutions.

With a grant of $84,969, Briarcliff Manor Public Library in  has the opportunity to change its accessibility and security, as well as operational and space enhancements to enhance programming. In Putnam County, the Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library has been granted $20,000, which will allow the library to replace inefficient heating and air conditioning systems with a high tech heating system, allowing for the library to reduce energy usage.

“These grants will allow for us to enhance our local libraries,” Galef said. “In making these changes, not only will we help enrich our buildings, but we will, in turn, encourage more individuals to come and enjoy them. I am so pleased that two libraries in my district will be receiving this state grant money to benefit my constituents as well as other visitors.”

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