(HARRISBURG) – – The Milton Public Library will receive $500,000 in state funding to begin renovations at its recently acquired Rose Hill facility in the Borough of Milton, according to state Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and state Representative Merle H. Phillips (R-108).
Sen. Gordner and Rep. Phillips worked with the Milton Public Library Board and the Department of Education to successfully obtain the grant, which will be used to start renovations and expansion of services at the Rose Hill mansion, purchased by the library late last year.
“When renovated to suit the needs of the library, historic Rose Hill will provide significantly greater library services to Milton and the surrounding townships,” said Senator Gordner. “The new library will provide for better access, increased space and display and protection of the library’s collections.”
“Rose Hill will not only be a great public library, but will be well positioned to be a community center for the Milton area,” said Representative Phillips. “The community has offered overwhelming support for the library project, which helped us successfully make the case for state support.”
The funding announcement was made by M. Clare Zales, the state Library Commissioner, who accompanied Senator Gordner, Representative Phillips and members of the Library Board on a tour of the facility in early December. Funding for the competitive grant program is provided through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.
“We appreciate Commissioner Zales’ attention to this project, and we especially appreciated her visit to Milton,” said Sen. Gordner and Rep. Phillips. “She was extremely impressed by the facility, the commitment of the Library Board to the project, and the wide community support it has received.”
The Milton Public Library’s current Front Street facility is no longer adequate to serve the growing needs of the community. It is not fully accessible to the disabled and is located in a flood zone. Additional space is needed to house the library’s overflowing collection and to meet the need for additional library programs. The Rose Hill project, including the purchase of the property, will total about three million dollars.
“Milton is a great community and it deserves a great library,” said Library Vice President John Meckley. “Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Gordner, Rep. Phillips and Commissioner Zales, we are on our way to delivering just that.”
Todd B. Roup (Sen. Gordner) 717-787-8928
Lynda Culver (Rep. Phillips) 570-286-5885
John Meckley (Milton Public Library Board) 570-742-4184