by Bill Demarest
Nyack, Mar 12 — Nyack’s library can complete interior finishing as well as purchase new furniture and shelving for its 15,000 square foot addition courtesy of a grant received from New York State.
The $185,627 state grant will be used to complete the new Children’s Library, a Teen Room and the expanded Adult Services level.
The grant is part of the $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2009 State Budget for construction and renovation of public libraries and public library systems. ‘€œLibraries are a cultural cornerstone of our communities serving as centers for information and knowledge,’€ said state Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee. ‘€œWith a range of free services, from borrowing books to the use of computers, libraries provide an enormous benefit to everyone, especially during these tough economic times.’€
Nyack Library Director James Mahoney added, ‘€œIn recent years the library has been the grateful recipient of several New York State Library Construction grants, but this year we were surprised to learn than some extra money has been made available. This is an excellent example of how our state legislators have assisted the local community, approving the statewide process of assisting in library construction. We could not have done everything without them. As we seek private funding to help close the gap, this grant will point the way for residents and friends.’€