Morrisville Free Library, The Free Library of Northampton Township, Riegelsville Public Library and the Bucks County Free Library in the Levittown section of Bristol Township will each receive a portion $3.25 million in grants for public libraries through the state Department of Education.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to include a comment from state Rep. Wendy Ullman.
Four Bucks County libraries will gets some much-needed refurbishing with the help of more than $445,000 in state grants.
Morrisville Free Library, The Free Library of Northampton Township, Riegelsville Public Library and the Bucks County Free Library in the Levittown section of Bristol Township will each receive a portion $3.25 million in grants for public libraries through the state Department of Education, according to a joint news release from state Sen. Steve Santarsiero and Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren.
“Libraries in our community offer an invaluable service as free learning centers to preschoolers, students, adults and seniors,” said state Rep. Perry Warren, D-31, of Newtown, in a news release. “In other words, everyone in the community benefits from a strong library system. We’re fortunate enough to live in a community where we have one, a place where the only thing you need to pursue knowledge is a desire to learn and a free library card.”
In Bucks, the largest Keystone Grant was awarded to the Northampton library, which will use its $225,000 allocation to replace entry doors, carpet, cupola windows and three heating, ventilation and air conditioning units as well as upgrade wiring.
The library off New Falls Road in Bristol Township will get $87,735 to replace deteriorating windows, while the Riegelsville library off Easton Road will receive $80,735 to replace its slate roof and single-pane windows and to repair masonry cracks and water damage, officials said.
“These state grant monies aren’t just replacing a roof, but are ensuring that a vibrant part of the Doylestown community will thrive for years to come,” state Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-143, of Plumstead, said. “As a former educator, I know the important role that libraries serve as a place where both young and old can find something to delight the imagination and encourage the desire for knowledge.
“A sign of a thriving community is a well-used library. I’m glad that the state is investing in Doylestown’s future with this grant.”
The Morrisville Free Library will receive $52,500 to replace the slate roof on the 108-year-old building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“With this generous grant, Morrisville Free Library can continue to provide invaluable resources to our community,” said Santarsiero, D-10, of Lower Makefield. “For decades, Morrisville Free Library has taught our children the joy of reading, provided students with the tools necessary to learn, and has hosted countless events for children, seniors, businesses and community groups.”
Officials said the grants are funded through the state’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation fund.
“I’m glad to see the Morrisville Free Library will be receiving some much-needed upgrades,” said Galloway, D-140, of Falls. “This has been a long-standing establishment in our community, and I’m confident that these funds will ensure its continued prosperity as a place to learn and gather.”