Construction Grants Announced

FY 2016-2017 State Aid for Public Library Construction Grant Program Awards totaling $728,716 have been announced and thirteen MHLS Member Libraries, along with the Mid-Hudson Library System, have been awarded funds. The application process began well over a year ago so these libraries have been waiting a long time for this announcement!

“Investing in public libraries means investing in our communities,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “These funds will help libraries make much-needed renovations and upgrades to better meet the needs of the children, families, and adults they serve every day. We must continue to invest wisely in our public libraries.”

“These funds provide needed financial support to public libraries across the state,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “Many libraries in New York lack modern facilities or technology and need to undergo renovation or expansion to better serve the community well into the future. The Board of Regents and I thank Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature for committing these funds.”

“Our libraries are significant educational resources that also serve as community hubs,” said Senator James Seward who serves the 51st Senate District which covers part of the MHLS service region, “In many towns and villages, the local library is also a historic landmark in need of costly technological and accessibility upgrades that must be accomplished while still maintaining the building’s traditional character.”
2017 Awards in the Mid-Hudson Library System

Brewster Public Library: $107,835
Addition to the lower level of the library and installation of new ADA compliant ramp

Claverack Library: $88,793
Continued work to expand library into former firehouse next door.


Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison): $48,361
Waterproofing for the lower level and elevator tower


Highland Public Library: $81,653
Heat system for new library facility


Hudson Area Library: $5,259
Interior renovations in the Local History Room and administrative areas


Hyde Park Library District: $33,672
Installation of stair lift and energy conservation projects

Kingston Library: $66,168
Creation of a teen space, renovation of the entry lobby, improved computer area


Marlboro Free Library: $22,512
Increase in energy conservation, accessibility at entryways


Millbrook Library: $58,795
Creation of a consolidated public computer area, a Teen Room and two Study/Tutor Rooms

Elting Memorial Library (New Paltz): $5,810
Interior renovations

Morton Memorial Library and Community House (Rhinecliff): $2,500
Upgrade of the handicap ramp handrail


Stanford Free Library: $136,061
Site preparation for a new library building


Mid-Hudson Library System: $71,297
Window replacement for the MHLS Auditorium; replacement of condenser and air circulation unit for the office building