WENY News - Local libraries receive state funding

Local libraries receive state funding

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NEW YORK (WENY) - Several local libraries are receiving a combined $134,000 in state aid.

The Southern Tier Library System and its member libraries are getting $87,000. The Finger Lakes Library System will receive $47,500. A list of which specific libraries are getting funding is below.

It comes through library grant funding in the 2017-2018 state budget.

“A public library is a vital community resource and it's important for the state to continue investing in their strength and vitality," says State Senator Tom O'Mara. "Fighting for our libraries is an investment in education, economic growth, and civic quality for parents and families, seniors, and the community at large.  Our libraries play a fundamental role in local workforce development, career training, and job placement."

O’Mara says public libraries across New York State serve over 19 million patrons annually. 

CHEMUNG COUNTY:

  • Steele Memorial Library, $2,500;
  • Big Flats Library, $2,500;
  • Mobile  Library, $2,500;
  • Horseheads Free Library, $2,500;
  • Van Etten Library, $2,500;
  • West Elmira Library, $2,500.

SCHUYLER COUNTY:

  • Elizabeth B. Pert Reading Center, $2,500;
  • Montour Falls Memorial Library, $2,500;
  • Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library, $2,500;
  • Watkins Glen CSD Free Public Library, $2,500.

STEUBEN COUNTY:

  • Southeast Steuben County Library, $2,500;
  • Arkport Reading Center, $5,000;
  • Addison Public Library, $2,500;
  • EJ Cottrell Memorial Library, $2,500;
  • Avoca Free Library, $2,500;
  • Dormann Library, $2,500;
  • Wimodaughsian Free Library, $2,500;
  • Cohocton Public Library, $2,500;
  • Greenwood Reading Center, $2,500;
  • Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library, $2,500;
  • Howard Public Library, $2,500;
  • Hornell Public Library, $2,500;
  • Jasper Free Library, $2,500;
  • Prattsburg Free Library, $2,500;
  • Pulteney Free Library, $2,500;
  • Savona Free Library, $2,500;
  • Wayland Free Library, $2,500.

TOMPKINS COUNTY (within the Finger Lakes Library System):

  • Tompkins County Public Library, $2,500;
  • Ulysses Philomathic Library, $3,000;
  • New Field Public Library, $4,500.

YATES COUNTY:

  • Penn Yan Public Library, $2,500;
  • Dundee Library, $2,500;
  • Modest Bediente Memorial Library, $2,500;
  • Middlesex Reading Center, $2,500;
  • Mabel D. Blodgett Reading Center, $2,500.
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