Matzie: Grant of nearly $40,000 will make historic library more energy efficient

Funding will allow B.F. Jones Memorial Library to replace aging boiler system

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – A more energy-efficient heating system is coming to Aliquippa’s historic B.F. Jones Memorial Library thanks to a $39,911 Keystone grant from the state Department of Education, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced.

The funding will enable the library, built in 1928 and added to the National Register of Historic Places 50 years later, to replace its aging boiler.

“Everyone knows what B.F. Jones library means to Aliquippa,” Matzie said. “I was proud to support this grant, and I couldn’t be happier that the library will be able to replace the boiler.

“From free internet access to afterschool programs, the library is a vital part of our community. They can count on my continued support.”

Matzie added that the new system will save taxpayers money by cutting operational costs.

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 projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction.