Library to get $223K state grant

Tedisco secures funding for youth center, teen room

Sen. James Tedisco

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Public Library has been awarded a $223,878 state grant for its building renovation.

Sen. Jim Tedisco announced the library will receive the grant from the state Education Department/New York State Library to create a youth center and add a teen room.

“Our libraries are more than just a place to check out a book or read the newspaper, they are true community centers for people of all ages that promote a lifelong love of learning,” said Tedisco in a news release. “This new state grant will add to the exciting rejuvenation that’s taking place at the Gloversville Public Library and provide young people in the city with a safe place to call their own, where they can learn, grow and have some fun.”

Library Director Barbara Madonna said this morning the grant was one they had applied for in the fall.

“We were just waiting for it to get through three levels of the state to find out if it had been approved,” Madonna said. “I am very excited.”

Madonna and the funds will be used for furniture for the lower level.

The Gloversville Public Library’s more than 100-year-old building at 58 E. Fulton St. will be undergoing a total overhaul over the next 14 months to two years.

The youth center and teen room will be in the renovated basement of the building, previously used for storage.

The room will give a special place for the community’s youth to go and will more than double the previous children’s space at the library.

Other changes at the facility will include new meeting rooms, additional niches for reading, installation of air conditioning and new handicapped accessibility, including an elevator.

Even with all of the changes, the historic aspects — with the exception of the boiler and radiators — will be staying. This includes the distinctive grand staircases.

The library held a very successful capital campaign for the project, which raised more than $8 million, including a $2 million grant secured by Sen. Hugh T. Farley before his retirement.

New spaces and accommodations are being made for families as well. Stroller parking will also be added to help parents who are visiting.

Madonna said the library is still in the paperwork stage with the contractors for the project.

She said this stage will take a little longer since the library was awarded funding from the state Historic Preservation Office. The contracts for the general contractor and HVAC system will take additional time.

The library is currently located at the Fulton County County Center for Regional Growth at 34 W. Fulton St., where it will be holding its annual summer program titled “Build a Better World,” which Madonna said is timely for the city.

“It fits right in with what we’re doing construction-wise as well as all of the community revitalization going on in Gloversville,” Madonna said.

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