Governor Wolf Announces 27 Keystone Grants for 27 Pennsylvania Libraries

March 15, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded Keystone Grants to 27 Pennsylvania libraries, providing more than $5.9 million in funding for libraries from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.

“Pennsylvania’s public libraries are an incredibly valuable resource to communities, a safe haven that provides access to knowledge, information, and even unimagined new worlds, all for nothing more than the swipe of a card,” said Gov. Wolf. “As we make investments in teachers and students, we must also continue to invest in our libraries, as they serve as both a resource and an escape to all patrons, no matter their age, background, or which city or town they call home.”

The Keystone Grants — administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development — were established by the General Assembly in 1993 and are funded by a portion of the realty transfer tax. Through the program, grantees can receive up to 50 percent of the funding needed to upgrade or rehabilitate public libraries.

The 2017 recipients of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone Grants are:

  • Carrick Library, Pittsburgh City, $300,000
  • Western Allegheny Community Library, North Fayette Township, $50,000
  • Monroeville Public Library, Municipality of Monroeville, $100,00
  • Baldwin Borough Public Library, Baldwin Borough, $500,000
  • Oakmont Carnegie Library, Oakmont Borough, $43,000
  • Reading Public Library, Reading City, $75,000
  • Kutztown Community Library, Kutztown Borough, $20,000
  • Bethel-Tulpehocken  Public Library, Bethel Township, $307,500
  • Warminster Township Free Library, Warminster Township, $101,500
  • Southampton Free Library, Upper Southampton Township, $199,940.47
  • Mars Area Public Library, Adams Township, $500,000
  • Schlow Centre Regional Library, Centre Region Council of Governments, $25,000
  • Shaw Public Library, Clearfield Borough, $32,000
  • Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Lock Haven City, $44,445
  • Haverford Township Free Library, Haverford Township, $500,000
  • Crozer Library, Chester City, $50,000
  • HK Furness Library, Nether Providence Township, $51,500
  • Blasco Memorial Library, Erie County, $100,000
  • Coyle Free Library, Franklin County, $306,900
  • Indiana Free Library, Indiana Borough, $500,000
  • Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata Borough, $80,212.50
  • Emmaus Public Library, Emmaus Borough, $500,000
  • Allentown Public Library, Allentown City, $500,000
  • Lower Macungie Library, Lower Macungie Township, $500,000
  • James V. Brown Library, Lycoming County, $40,000
  • Belmont Hills Library, Lower Merion Township, $500,000
  • Hellertown Area Library, Hellertown Borough, $12,312.50

To qualify, libraries and municipalities must jointly apply for the grant. More information can be found at: http://www.statelibrary.pa.gov/Libraries/Subsidies-and-Grants/Pages/Keystone-Recreation-Park-and-Conservation-Funds.aspx.

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