WILKES-BARRE — The Osterhout Free Library was one of 27 public libraries across the state that received word Thursday of a Keystone grant for site improvements.
Osterhout will receive a $120,000 grant that will go toward upgrading the roof, windows and flooring and help the library enhance energy efficiency.
In total, $6.8 million was given to libraries across Pennsylvania for improvements and upgrades.
The announcement was made by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, who thanked the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf for awarding the grant.
“Libraries continue to provide invaluable resources to neighborhoods of all demographics around the state,” Pashinski said. “I’m incredibly thankful that Gov. Wolf and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera realize this and are helping our local libraries continue to serve their communities.”
Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar.
Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: handicapped-compliant upgrades, roofing, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.
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