SHARON – A grant to the Shenango Valley Community Library will be used to renovate and improve the building.
Robin Pundzak, executive director, said the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund grant awarded by the state for more than $162,000 was competitive this year.
“We are very excited,” Pundzak said. “We’re really thrilled they decided to fund it this year.”
The money will be matched by another $162,000 from the town of Sharon.
The funds will be used to replace the roof, which Pundzak said has been leaking for quite some time. In addition, the lighting in the building and the parking garage will be converted to LED, which will save money on electricity bills. Security system upgrades are also included.
Pundzak is sure the failed roof has been repaired over the years, but hasn’t been replaced for 20 to 30 years. She said a new roof will keep the collection safe.
“It will help the whole community,” Pundzak said.
State Representative Mark Longietti said repairs and upgrades to the library are essential.
“Our library is such a rich resource, welcoming residents from across the region for educational programs, storytelling and exhibits, community events and so much more,” Longietti said.
“Today’s funding will allow the library to make critical structural, safety and energy-saving improvements that will keep residents safe and comfortable while saving taxpayers money on operations.
Pundzak considers the library lucky for the support it receives from the cities of Sharon, Hermitage, and Farrell, as well as lawmakers Longietti and State Senator Michele Brooks.
“We are very fortunate to have a lot of strong support from community leaders,” Pundzak said.
Brooks said our libraries are an important part of our communities and a welcoming space.
“This funding for much-needed infrastructure upgrades will maximize the comfort and safety of library patrons so they can continue to connect with valuable resources and each other,” Brooks said.