Osterhout Free Library receives Keystone Library Grant

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 20 – Recognizing the importance public libraries play in communities around the state, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. D-Luzerne, thanked the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding a $120,000 grant to the Osterhout Free Library.

“Libraries continue to provide invaluable resources to neighborhoods of all demographics around the state,” Pashinski said. “I’m incredibly thankful that Governor Wolf and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera realize this and are helping our local libraries continue to serve their communities.”

The grant for the Osterhout Free Library will go toward upgrading the roof, windows and flooring to improve the facility and help the library enhance energy efficiency. In total, $6.8 million was given to libraries across Pennsylvania for improvements and upgrades.

“Libraries play a key role in getting students interested in reading and fostering their thirst for new information and ideas,” Pashinski said. “I look forward to the improvements to be made at Osterhout and their continued service to the Wilkes-Barre area.”

Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.