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Harrison Library Receives State Grant For Renovations

The Harrison Public Library received a $73,000 grant from the state to help fund construction for a new teen center in the basement.
The Harrison Public Library received a $73,000 grant from the state to help fund construction for a new teen center in the basement. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Harrison Public Library has received a $73,607 grant from the state to help with the cost of the library's upcoming renovation .

The grant money will be used to transform the lower level of the library into a teen center. The current teen center consists of a small area in the basement that is little used. The renovation plans call for a 1,400 square foot space with computers and room for students to study and socialize together.

“Keeping up-to-date with new technology is a challenge, and with this funding we will be able to improve our Teen Center with innovative new technology to provide our youth with tools they need to succeed in the future," said Galina Cherykh, the director of the Harrison Public Library.

The grant was announced by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library and Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester). Buchwald helped to increase the state's funding to public libraries by $4.2 million, and launched the Assembly Summer Reading Challenge to encourage kids to read over the summer.

“Westchester libraries offer access to a vast amount of resources for learning, finding job training, or simply leisure activities,” said Buchwald. “I’ve been a lifelong advocate for public libraries and the good they do in our communities, and it is vital that they continue to receive the support they need to continue to provide excellent services.”

The West Harrison library also received a $34,590 state construction grant to upgrade the flat roof and air-conditioning unit in order to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.

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