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Harrison Library Receives $2,500 Grant

HARRISON, N.Y. - Harrison Library Director Galina Chernykh said she kept her fingers crossed last fall when she applied for a $2,500 grant for the facility. Months later, she learned the application was accepted, awarding the library new funds for expanded programming and community collaboration.

"There's so much work to do now," Chernykh said.

The $2,500 grant comes from the "Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion initiative," which works to engage the public in "contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives," according to the program. Harrison was one of only 30 libraries nationwide to be chosen for the grant.

The opportunity will allow Harrison's library to utilize more programs to promote reading, viewing, reflection, discussion and civic engagement initiatives.

West Harrison Children's Librarian Liz Karkoff is one of the many active players in the library's programming lineup. She said the grant was good news to the staff from the top down.

"I'm really excited about all the new programs the grant will enable the library to offer," Karkoff said.

The "Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion" project was developed by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. Chernykh applied for the grant last November and learned of the library's acceptance this week.

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