Orange County Libraries and Youth Literacy to Receive $185,000 in Funding to Support Programming

New or enhanced programming with a primary focus on youth offerings at multiple Orange County libraries will be supported by
funding totaling $185,000, Sen. James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) announced Tuesday. He joined library leaders from across Orange County at the Goshen Public Library & Historical Society. for the occasion.

“Libraries are no longer just a place where books are taken out,” said Senator Skoufis. “They are the community center. If you are looking for a job, if you are a student in need of research tools, if you are a community group in need of space to gather…the role and technology available in libraries have changed over the years.”

“With this new state funding,” Skoufis continued, “we are directly supporting these libraries as they continue to evolve to meet programmatic needs, particularly with respect to youth programming. I am honored to bring back local taxpayer dollars to support these vital community centers across the county.

“This increase in our budget will allow for continued expansion of our programs, and we thank Senator Skoufis for this generous funding,” said Goshen Public Library Acting Director Michelle Muller. “Children become readers on their parents’ laps, and we must do everything we can to facilitate that by helping parents and children learn the joy, love and community of reading. This funding will allow us to add more programming, such as visiting authors to show children what it takes to write a book. This funding will allow us to ensure that literacy at all ages is achieved.

“We are often the cornerstones of our communities, providing connections to local families: with each other, with first friends, with parental resources, with virtual worlds, and so much more. We will make good use of this critical funding,” said Greenwood Lake Public Library Director Jill Cronin.

Other funding recipients include Florida Public Library, Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, Greenville Resource Center, Port Jervis Free Library, Thrall Library in Middletown, and Cornwall Public Library.

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