BETHLEHEM (Jan 11) – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that the City of Bethlehem has been awarded a grant in the amount of $575,000 from the Department of Education to assist the Bethlehem Area Public Library with renovations and upgrades to the Library.

The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant Program for Public Library Facilities awards matching grants to municipalities to improve the physical facilities of state-aided public libraries.

“The Keystone Fund grant program is meeting a real need for Pennsylvania’s public libraries. Funds have assisted libraries to address pressing infrastructure concerns such as ADA compliance, non-routine maintenance to assist libraries preserve their collections and new construction and renovations to aid the general public,” Boscola said.

The Bethlehem Area Public Library will be using these funds to make building upgrades and maintenance such as a new roof, new elevator and modernization of the existing elevator at the library.

These grants are funded through the Department of Education and are awarded on a competitive basis and must have a dollar for dollar local match in order to be awarded.

“I am pleased to see that state programs are committed to making our communities stronger and healthier for the families of Pennsylvania,” Boscola stated. “Anytime our community can use state funds to improve the Lehigh Valley, we all stand to benefit.”

For questions regarding this grant announcement, please feel free to contact Senator Boscola’s office by calling either (610) 868-8667 or 1-877-535-1818.


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