Fairview Library gets $110,000 construction grant

Fairview Public Library in Margaretville is the recipient of a public library construction grant in the amount of $110,292 from the New York State Education Department.
The construction project will provide much-needed accessibility improvements to the library, including an ADA compliant, handicap-accessible ramp, and the creation of a new entryway.

“We are delighted that this funding will help us serve our community better by helping us to provide improved universal access and fire safety,” said Library Board of Trustees President James Gohlke.
The funding, which was announced last week by State Sen. James Seward, was awarded is from monies that the government allocates specifically for library development projects. The grants are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2013 state budget.
“More and more people are using the library—program attendance increased more than 220 percent over the prior year— and we want to make sure that both older and younger people can easily access our programs and resources,” said Trustee Doris Warner.
Fairview Public Library, located at 43 Walnut Street, has long been an essential resource to the people of this community.

A busy place
“We now serve more than 1,000 registered patrons, as well as walk-in visitors. As part of our long-range planning, our board members worked extremely hard to secure this funding for the benefit of the community,” said Trustee Rebecca Saunders.
She added that libraries are also considered disaster recovery centers. After Hurricane Irene and during the ongoing economic environment, the library continues to provide essential free services, as patrons use computers and Wi-Fi to apply for jobs, check e-mail, or research health care.
“Our Universal Access Ramp/New Entry construction project will ensure that everyone who needs to access the library is able to enter the library and access our programs and resources easily and safely,” said Library Director Susan Carver. “This construction project will help us enrich our community’s environment, and we are excited to begin work on it.”
Planning is underway and the project is tentatively slated to begin Spring 2015.
For additional information, please call 845 586-3791 or visit: fairviewlibrary.org.