Libraries get lift from Keystone funds
By Bob Stiles
Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Patrons and workers of the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville soon will be able to browse through books without worries of raindrops falling on their heads.
On Thursday, state officials awarded $150,000 in Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Funds to the Connellsville library and $65,950 to the Youngwood Area Public Library.
Carnegie Director Casey Sirochman said the Connellsville library will get a new roof.
“That's our No. 1 priority,” she said. “It's over 35 years old. We've had several leaks over the past five years.”
Officials also plan to improve lighting in some sections of the building, constructed in 1901 on South Pittsburgh Street, and to replace some windows, Sirochman said.
“I just walked in and heard our good news,” she said. “We're very excited.”
The Youngwood branch of the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library will use the funds to finish the interior of the library in the new Youngwood municipal building to be constructed, Director Cesare Muccari said.
“It means that, first of all, you're going to have a new facility for the public ... and it will be used more than it has been, even though it's been used regularly,” he said.
Overall, officials awarded more than $3.7 million to 15 libraries across the state.
Municipal applicants can qualify for up to $500,000 through the competitive grant process, said Tim Eller, spokesman for the state Education Department, which helps oversee the funding.
Since the program's inception in 1993, the state has awarded more than $23.6 million to support 212 projects in 48 counties.
The Connellsville library put up $150,000 in matching funds, with much of the local money coming from foundations and savings, Sirochman said.
Part of a $2.25 million bond issue will be used for the Youngwood match, Muccari said.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Scottdale to reconsider use of complaint forms
- Police say Latrobe woman bought gun for boyfriend, who shot neighbor
- ‘We Are FR’ fund going strong
- Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought
- Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager
- Murrysville woman sues Giant Eagle over burns
- Hempfield church offers rides to shut-ins for Holy Thursday service
- Bridge work a priority for PennDOT in Westmoreland
- Judge explains why suspect in East Liberty killings was freed
- Group to bring Stations of Cross to life in Mt. Pleasant
- New Alexandria man charged with assaulting boy in 2009