The funds are part of $19 million in capital funds for public library construction and broadband infrastructure projects provided in last year's state budget.

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, announced that eight libraries in the Finger Lakes region and Wayne County have been awarded state aid for library construction funds.

The libraries awarded funding are Geneva Public Library, Wood Library in Canandaigua; Edith B. Ford Library in Ovid; Lodi Whittier Library; Seneca Falls Library; Waterloo Library; Red Creek Free Library and Wolcott Library.

These libraries will use this funding for renovation and expansion of existing spaces, modernizing and updating infrastructure, and ensuring easier access for patrons with disabilities.

“Whether it is conducting research for a school project, using the internet to look for a job, participating in programs for children and teens, or just having a quiet place to relax and read a book, our community members rely on local libraries every day,” stated Helming. “That is why I am happy to announce these new projects, and was proud to have fought for increased aid to libraries as part of this year’s recently Enacted Budget.”

These funds are part of $19 million in capital funds for public library construction and broadband infrastructure projects provided in last year’s state budget. In this year’s budget, the Legislature provided $24 million for projects that will be announced in Spring 2018.

Helming’s 54th Senate District consists of Wayne County and parts of Cayuga, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, and Tompkins counties.