State Sen. Mark Grisanti brought good news to local libraries Thursday afternoon when he announced $128,000 in grants through the "Bullet Aid" targeted education fund for libraries.
Of the 28 Erie County libraries that will benefit from grants, Grisanti's district includes the Crane Branch Library (the location of the media event), as well as the Niagara, North Park and Riverside library branches in Buffalo, plus the Angola Public Library, Grand Island Memorial Public Library, Lake Shore Public Library, Orchard Park Public Library, City of Tonawanda Public Library, and the Kenmore and Kenilworth branches of the Town of Tonawanda Public Library.
"This is wonderful news for library patrons," said Library System Director Mary Jean Jakubowski. "Libraries are truly a great investment, because they provide everyone access to information. Thank you to Sen. Grisanti along with senators Patrick Gallivan and Michael Ranzenhofer for your efforts in supporting your hometown libraries, which are truly the cornerstone of this great community."
"On behalf of my colleagues, I am pleased to report that a total of 369 libraries across New York received Bullet Aid funding, including those in the Buffalo and Erie County public library system. And, I am proud to say, I am a huge library supporter having used our local libraries since I was a young," Grisanti said. "This funding recognizes the important roles that Buffalo and Erie County public libraries play in our community: in assisting the unemployed in searching and applying for jobs online, by providing digital literacy and other employment preparation training, offering free Wi-Fi access and computer use, and by offering cultural, educational and literacy programs and materials to children of all ages and their families."
Here is a list of libraries receiving New York's "Bullet Aid" support:
The Buffalo and Erie County public library system has more than 2.6 million materials available for borrowing, including books, eBooks, DVDs, music and more. Free library card applications can be downloaded and taken to any of the 37 local public libraries for processing. A valid form of identification and proof of address is necessary. For more information, call 716-858-8900 or visit www.BuffaloLib.org.