Expansion and Renovation of Two Historic Buildings Will Provide More Space, Services for Community
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Education Acting Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) Susan Banks at this time joined Dauphin County Library System for the groundbreaking of the McCormick Riverfront Library and Haldeman Haly House growth and renovation mission.
The Department of Education awarded a $750,000 Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund program grant to the Dauphin County Library System final yr to help the mission.
“I’m proud to be a neighbor, patron of the McCormick Riverfront Library, and supporter of Dauphin County Library System. Our native library system is a superb instance of what a robust group led by inventive professionals and dedicated volunteers can accomplish for its neighborhood,” mentioned Acting Deputy Secretary Banks. “The transformation of these historic buildings is a model of our shared vision of excellent and equitable library services to every Pennsylvanian.”
The new facility will include more than 3,400 square feet of space for a children’s and family area with STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities, 800 square feet of community meeting space, improve ADA accessibility, and reconfigure the space and flow to minimize the spread of illness in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Library describes the project as “seamlessly integrating two of the city’s most historic structures to form one vital community hub. Bridging the past and the future, this reimagined space will improve accessibility, support literacy and learning, and revitalize community connection.”
This essential mission will assist to raised serve Dauphin County residents, the place 44 p.c of kids stay in households beneath the federal poverty line. The want for providers continues to develop, and in 2020, The Library’s eight places served greater than 138,000 cardholders who borrowed greater than 600,000 gadgets, and the library hosted greater than 358,000 WiFi periods with guests spending 1.9 million minutes on their public computer systems.
“Today’s groundbreaking is a primary step towards permitting us to supply extra public-access computer systems and elevated academic programming for youngsters,’’ mentioned Karen Cullings, govt director of the Dauphin County Library System. “Whether it’s to search out jobs, study new abilities, study new views, or join with others, the demand for our providers has by no means been larger.’’
Dauphin County Library System offers high quality public library service to the residents of Dauphin County by way of eight library places, and is a personal, non-profit company ruled by a 17-member Board of Trustees, 5 appointed yearly by the Dauphin County Commissioners, and 12 elected for three-year phrases. The Library serves as one of 29 District Library Centers designated by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to take a management position in coordinating library providers. It has greater than 351,234 books, magazines, DVDs, movies, and different gadgets out there for borrowing by way of the automated catalog, and gives creator appearances, story occasions, workshops, and different occasions to the neighborhood.
OCL, housed inside the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), operates a significant analysis library and collects, preserves, and connects state authorities, libraries, and all residents with the data and assets wanted for training, enrichment, and development.
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