Thursday, February 21, 2013
The $500,000 Keystone Grant was awarded to the 2013 Media-Upper Providence Library renovations project.
Good news came to the Media-Upper Providence Library at Thursday night's Media Borough council meeting. A $500,000 Keystone matching grant was awarded to the library on Feb. 15, said Marie Sciocchetti, secretary of the Media-Upper Providence Library Board. According to Sciocchetti, the grant process was highly competitive and in its history, there have only been 212 libraries awarded "and we are now one of the privileged few of the thousands of libraries in the state." "There were 41 applicants, 21 actually triggered the applications and 15 were chosen," said Sciocchetti. "We were one of those 15." The $500,000 is the maximum amount awarded to an organization or project, according to Sciocchetti. The grant will be an 18 month-process once…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Media Borough Council earmarked funding for the 2013 library renovations, however, Upper Providence Township Council did not.
While the fate of the Media-Upper Providence Library renovations seem uncertain at the moment, Library Board President Fran Shields says the plans are proceeding. Media Borough Council earmarked $200,000 in funding for the library renovations in 2013, but Upper Providence Township Council did not approve funding for 2013. The total cost of the library renovation is estimated at $2.5 million. The library board has asked for $684,000 from Media, $516,000 from Upper Providence and they are applying for a $500,000 Keystone Grant from the state. Private donors have given $100,000 so far to the project. "I remain cautiously optimistic that the Upper Providence Council will see that the residents of their community are very interested in …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The library is in the early stages of renovating.
The Media-Upper Providence Library is asking for donations to fund renovations. Children's librarian Brittany Easton said fundraising is in the early stages and the library is in need of about $1 million. The library plans on applying to various grants. She was unable to give any details about the renovation. However, plans are being displayed inside the library. Stick with Patch to see how this unfolds.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Local children practiced their reading skills with no judgement at Media-Upper Providence Library as they read to some canine friends.
Future reading stars practiced their skills at the Media-Upper Providence Free Library Wednesday night as they read to their new furry friends during the PAWS for Reading program. The Paws for Reading program, run by PAWS for People, is held at 6:45 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Media Library. Each child spends time with a dog and owner team and reads a book or tells their four-legged friend about their day. The goal of the program is to get kids comfortable with reading and communicating, with no judgement from their furry friend, Media-UP Library Youth Services Librarian Brittany Eastman said. "They practice their skills in a non-judgemental environment," Eastman said. She said the kids don't always …