Feb. 21, 2024

HARRISBURG – Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities were awarded to 17 libraries in 14 Pennsylvania counties. Among the recipients is Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover, which will receive $294,975, according to Rep. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).

The Keystone grants help public libraries improve their operations, install equipment, and upgrade security systems, as well as offset construction and rehabilitation costs.

“Guthrie Memorial Library is a keystone in Hanover,” said Klunk. “In addition to offering many great programs for all age groups, libraries provide critical resources and services that keep communities thriving. I’m happy to see these dollars reinvested locally, so our library can make the improvements required to continue serving the community.”

“For Hanover to be one of a very select few libraries to receive this award shows the impact and value of the library with our local community,” Phillips-Hill said.
“One of the primary goals of staff,” related Hanover Borough Manager Margie Lewis, “is to seek funding that leverages the public’s money (i.e. tax dollars). This funding, achieved with the help and support of Sen. Phillips-Hill and Rep. Kate Klunk, does just that, saving the taxpayer $295,000.”
“We are humbled and grateful for this Keystone grant for the library,” added Library Director Lizzy Baldwin. “The funding will enable us to upgrade our HVAC system, ensuring that the library is a safe and comfortable place for our community.”
The Department of Education, through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries’ Bureau of Library Development, administers the public library portion of this program which is funded from a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax.

Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation of public libraries. Examples of fundable projects include but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, roof improvements, replacement windows, energy efficiency upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion, and new construction.

Representative Kate A. Klunk
169th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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