From left: Hamburg Village Mayor Tom Moses, Hamburg Town Clerk Cathy Rybczynski, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Hamburg Town Board Member Cheryl Potter-Juda, Hamburg Library Director Jack Edson, Hamburg Town Supervisor Steve Walters, Senator Mark Grisanti and Hamburg Library Trustee Marianne Chiumento.
On July 1, New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced that the Hamburg Public Library will receive a New York State Library Construction Grant of $449,399.
Funding for this grant was included in the state budget passed earlier this year. Libraries across the state applied for construction grants that could fund up to 75 percent of the cost for a project.
The minimum grant award was $2,500. The funding is awarded by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Library Development.
The money provided to the Hamburg Public Library will be used to continue the work to build a 6,590-square foot addition to the library, to meet accessibility needs. The funding will also be used to create a meeting space and coffee shop and increase capacity to meet patron needs for seating, computer use and research. The project, now in year two, focused on demolition and site preparation in the first year; construction of the new addition began earlier this year.
“Public libraries play an important role in our communities and the Hamburg Public Library is a gem that I am glad will be revitalized and revamped, in order to provide sources of information and entertainment for my constituents.” said Grisanti.
“The addition and redesign of the facility is going to change the way Hamburg residents and visitors use their library. The state funding will help the library become a technology hub, a meeting place and a destination for years to come.”
“This new round of funding from New York state will help to continue the great work that is being done to improve the infrastructure of the Hamburg Public Library,” said Ryan. “The accessibility upgrades will allow the library to continue their mission of serving the public’s educational needs.
“The new state-of-the-art facility will include critical upgrades that will be welcome news to library patrons with disabilities. In addition, the new meeting space and coffee shop will be a great destination for Hamburg residents, and will help to further integrate this important public asset into the surrounding Hamburg community.”
Residents can follow the progress of the library construction project on its website at www.hplthinkbig.com
or on its Facebook page.