Clarion, PA – $5.1 million total in Keystone Grants were given to 18 libraries throughout our state, including more than $103,000 given to the Clarion Free Library. In Clarion, the money will be used to replace the boiler at the library, plus make ADA upgrades to sidewalks, entry doors, and restrooms at the building.

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Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Education (PDE) today announced $5.1 million in Keystone Grants to 18 libraries for the construction and rehabilitation of public library facilities.

“Public libraries are a staple in communities for access to educational and informative programming and materials,” said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. “I am thankful that these grants will allow the renovation and improvement of public libraries across the commonwealth so they can safely continue to provide resources to all.”

The award recipients were selected through a competitive grant process. The Keystone grants will aid public library facilities in installing equipment, upgrading security systems, and more.

“The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is pleased that the Keystone grants will be distributed to the selected libraries for the preservation, construction, and maintenance of their facilities,” said Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries Glenn R. Miller. “Our staff is delighted to assist libraries in gaining access to resources necessary to provide accessible services to the communities they support.”

Libraries receiving $5,189,530 in Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities include:

County Municipality Project Library Amount Awarded Project Description
Allegheny Braddock Borough Braddock Carnegie Library Association $750,000.00 Install new HVAC system, and rehab/securing of all windows, doors, stairwells, shafts.
Allegheny Richland Township Northern Tier Regional Library Association $38,579.50 Make entrance doors automatic; install efficient lighting in program area; new flooring and paint in main library.
Allegheny Township of Upper St. Clair Upper St. Clair Township Library $750,000.00 Reconfigure and increase library space.
Armstrong Kittanning Borough Kittanning Free Library $28,976.00 Upgrade lighting; upgrade flooring; upgrade security system.
Berks Borough of Leesport Schuylkill Valley Community Library $134,712.00 Construct addition, replace roof, upgrade entrance for ADA, add restrooms.
Chester County of Chester Chester County Library & District Center $387,500.00 Renovate first floor for accessibility, adding public workspaces and seating; combine service desks.
Clarion Clarion Borough Clarion Free Library $105,385.00 Replace boiler; ADA upgrades to sidewalks, entry doors, restrooms.
Dauphin Dauphin County Dauphin County Library System:  McCormick Riverfront Library $750,000.00 Full library renovation incorporating newly acquired adjacent building.
Erie Erie County Erie County Public Library: Millcreek Branch $25,000.00 Needs assessment / feasibility study for relocating branch.
Huntingdon Huntingdon County Huntingdon County Library $48,650.00 Replace elevator.
Indiana Burrell Township Burrell Township Library $229,000.00 Construct new library facility.
Lackawanna Lackawanna County Lackawanna County Library System: Abington Community Library $49,150.00 Renovate and expand community room kitchen facilities.
Mercer Town of Greenville Greenville Area Public Library $75,000.00 Replace boiler; replace roof; upgrade lighting.
Montgomery Souderton Borough Indian Valley Public Library $97,480.00 Roof replacement.
Montgomery Upper Moreland Township Upper Moreland Free Public Library $70,457.00 Make two emergency exits ADA compliant.
Somerset Borough of Somerset Mary S. Biesecker Public Library $241,798.53 Improve entrance steps and sidewalks for accessibility; install solar canopy parking structure; interior plaster, tile and flooring.
Warren Warren County Warren Public Library $659,697.00 Create teen space and maker spaces; add ADA entrance doors; reconfigure restrooms; upgrade signage; update elevator; upgrade HVAC; upgrade lighting; install security cameras.
Westmoreland City of Greensburg Greensburg Hempfield Area Library $748,145.00 Rebuild restrooms for ADA; build service counters; improve mechanical systems and life safety systems.

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