The New York State Library has awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to six North Country libraries, including four in St. Lawrence County.
The state library has awarded construction grants to Canton Free Library, Ogdensburg Public Library, Potsdam Public Library and Madrid's Hepburn Library. The libraries each applied to the state library for funding.
The New York State Library Construction Grants amounted to $24,732 for Ogdensburg's library, $18,437 for Potsdam, $5,923 for Canton, and $67,154 for Madrid.
Assemblywoman Addie Russell, who represents the River District of St. Lawrence County, including Ogdensburg, supported the funding in the 2012 state budget.
The funding will be used for renovation and construction projects at local libraries, Russell said.
“Libraries are a vital part of our community by providing our families with educational and recreational services that they may not otherwise have access to,” Russell said. “This funding will allow patrons to continue using critical resources such as the Internet, job-training programs and tax filing services. Upgrades and enhancements to facilities will ensure that North Country families are getting the most out of their library experience.”
“The library construction grants help municipalities and libraries make their buildings more accessible and useful for their many patrons,” said Steve Bolton, director of the North Country Library System. “It’s always very difficult for libraries to save enough money for construction costs, so these grants are vital, especially for the older historic buildings.”