Two Local Libraries Receive More Than $818,000, Gebhard Says

HARRISBURG – Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) announced two grants totaling more than $818,000 were awarded for the rehabilitation of two local libraries through the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Keystone Grants help public library facilities improve their operations, install equipment and upgrade security systems.

“Libraries are the foundation of our communities as they help to offer opportunity to everyone by providing access to the internet and photocopiers. These tools help to connect people with family-sustaining jobs that improve their lives and boost our local economy – truly a win for everyone,” Gebhard said.

Hamburg Public Library in Berks County will receive $750,000 to improve accessibility. As the library was originally established in 1903, it needs a refresh so it can maintain its status as a community resource.

Lebanon Community Library in Lebanon County will receive $68,500 to remodel the public restrooms so they are compatible with Americans with Disabilities requirements. The funding will also be used to add two family restrooms.

“Because of the grant, library patrons will soon enjoy modern, accessible facilities that are better suited for people who use wheelchairs or walkers – as well as for families with young children,” Gebhard said.


CONTACT: Alex Gamble

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