PA Ministry of Education celebrates library opening

The expansion and renovation of two historic buildings will provide more space and services to the community

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Education Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) Susan Banks today joined the Dauphin County Library System for the inauguration of the expansion project and renovations to the McCormick Riverfront Library and the Haldeman Haly House.

The Department of Education has awarded a Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund grant of $ 750,000 to Dauphin County Library System last year to support the project.

“I am proud to be a neighbor, a patron of the McCormick Riverfront Library and a supporter of the Dauphin County library system. Our local library system is a great example of what a strong organization led by creative professionals and committed volunteers can accomplish for its community, “said Acting Assistant Secretary Banks.” The transformation of these historic buildings is taking place. a model of our shared vision of excellent and equitable library service for every Pennsylvanian. ”

The new facility will include more than 3,400 square feet of space for children and family with STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) activities, 800 square feet of community meeting space, improve the ADA accessibility and reconfigure space and throughput to minimize the spread of disease in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The library describes the project as “the seamless integration of two of the city’s most historic structures to form a vital community center. Bridging the past and the future, this redesigned space will improve accessibility, support literacy and learning, and revitalize community bonds.

This vital project will help better serve residents of Dauphin County, where 44 percent of children live in households below the federal poverty line. The need for services continues to grow and in 2020 the library’s eight sites served over 138,000 cardholders who have borrowed over 600,000 items, and the library hosted over 358,000 WiFi sessions with passing visitors. 1.9 million minutes on their public computers.

“Today’s grand opening is a first step in enabling us to provide more publicly accessible computers and increased educational programming for children,” said Karen Cullings, executive director of the County Library System. Dolphin. “Whether it’s finding a job, learning new skills, exploring new perspectives or connecting with others, the demand for our services has never been greater. ”

The Dauphin County Library System provides quality public library service to residents of Dauphin County through eight library locations, and is a private, not-for-profit corporation governed by a 17-member board of directors, five appointed annually by Dauphin County commissioners, and 12 elected for a three-year term. The library is one of 29 district library centers designated by the Commonwealth Libraries Office to play a leading role in coordinating library services. It contains over 351,234 books, magazines, DVDs, videos and other items available for borrowing through the automated catalog, and features author appearances, story times, workshops and other community events.

OCL, housed within the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), operates a major research and collection library, preserves, and connects state government, libraries, and all residents with the information and resources needed to l education, enrichment and advancement.

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