HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) has announced that the Herr Memorial Library, located in Mifflinburg Borough, Union County, will receive a $250,000 Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund library facilities grant to support capital improvements.
“I am very pleased that the state will assist the Herr Memorial Library with costs associated with interior renovations and improvements, which also include handicapped accessibility upgrades,” Yaw said. “I applaud the Library and thank them for providing library services for the people of Union County and beyond.”
“We are so excited to get this project started,” said Library Director Kelly Walter. “We could not do it without this grant and the generous support of the community. The renovations will enable us to serve a broader group of people with expanded services and help keep our library a major resource in the heart of Mifflinburg.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, administers the public library portion of the Keystone Fund Grant program through a competitive process. The competitive grant is used to award matching construction grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. Grants pay up to 50 percent of eligible costs in planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries. A dollar-for-dollar match is required for grant funds received.
Yaw is looking forward to a planned tour of the Herr Memorial Library within the next month and hearing about the Library’s future firsthand.
Located at 500 Market Street, the neo-Georgian building was constructed in 1925 as the Herr family’s private residence. The yellow-brick house was willed to the Mifflinburg community by Miss Jane I. Herr in April 1944 to serve as a public library.
For more information on the Herr Memorial Library, visit www.herrlibrary.org.
Rita Zielonis, 717-787-3280