The Library Capital Campaign Co-Chairs, Christine Pesses and Elizabeth Batchelor, announced new commitments to the Library Campaign of $1 Million from New York State. The grants, $500,000 for building renovation and $500,000 for upgrading infrastructure including the Library’s 111 year old heating system, were secured through the State’s Combined Funding Application (CFA) and brings the library renovation within striking distance of a 2016 construction start.
“We deeply appreciate the State’s assistance as we transform our Library into a 21st century learning center,” said Christine Pesses, Campaign Co-Chair. “These extraordinary investments bring us significantly closer to putting a shovel in the ground next year.”
“Securing these funds required a supreme team effort, and we are thrilled by the impact this will have on the Library and the community,” said Elizabeth Batchelor, Campaign Co-Chair. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Barbara Madonna, our Library Director for the countless hours she put in crafting the proposal. We also would like to express our deepest thanks to Ron Peters of the Center for Regional Growth, who has been a vocal advocate of our project since day one, and to our legislative delegation.”
The grants advance the goal of the Capital Campaign to modernize and expand the Library, which was built in 1904 and has never been significantly renovated. The project, sponsored by the Gloversville Library Foundation, will transform the iconic Carnegie building by upgrading all systems, including replacing the furnace, and will provide access to all levels by adding an elevator. There will also be a 6,000 square foot Youth Center created in the entire lower level that will be devoted to inspiring and promoting lifelong learning and a love of reading in children and teens. The Library will have the latest technology to enable self-directed learning, workforce training and business development, and new programming spaces will serve community groups, supplemental education programming and cultural activities.
For more information about the Gloversville Public Library please visit www.gloversvillelibrary.org, or contact Library Director, Barbara Madonna at (518) 728-2819.
The Gloversville Public Library’s Capital Campaign - Honoring Our Roots, Building Our Future: Committed to the revitalization of the Gloversville Public Library for generations to come.