Apollo library plans building upgrades thanks to state grant

October 3, 2018
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Some of the old light fixtures aren’t working in the Apollo Memorial Library

The Apollo Memorial Library’s indoor lights, checkered with broken fixtures, will shine bright again along with some other repairs paid for by a $23,100 state grant.

The library, a district library consortium and State Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Washington Township, landed a Keystone grant that will pay to replace the library’s flat rubber roof, upgrade the light fixtures to LED including new panel lighting and repaint the library’s interior.

Grants are competitive and must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the library’s municipality. In this case, the library will provide the matching funds for the grant, according to Krista Mason, the librarian at the Apollo site.

“We want to show patrons we still care about this building,” she said.

The repairs are necessary, especially the dim lighting, when the sun isn’t filling the two-story, block building with, thankfully, large windows.

The work projects should begin later this year, according to Mason.

“The library is important to people of the community of all ages, from the reading programs for small children to the computer informational services for adults regardless of income,” said Apollo Mayor Cindee Virostek.

About 100 to 150 people visit the Apollo Memorial Library each week, Mason said. Typically, patrons access genealogy reference books, DVDs, computer games and other materials.

“This funding is a terrific investment both for our community and the local economy,” said Petrarca who thanked the state Department of Education for approving the funds.

The money for the Apollo library was part of a package of grants to 27 public libraries statewide from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers the public library portion of the program, which is funded by a portion of realty transfer taxes.

The library, located at 219 North Pennsylvania Ave., is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

For more information, visit the library’s website: http://www.armstronglibraries.org/apollo/ or call (724) 478-4214.

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