Citing the important role local libraries play in communities, state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) has announced that she has secured $10,000 in state funding for the Floral Park Public Library.
“Local libraries offer innumerable opportunities for people of all ages in our communities, and continue to be the foundation of a well-rounded education for children,” Senator Elaine Phillips said. “There is no greater resource than local libraries and it was an honor to secure this funding.”
These grants, known as “bullet aid,” are supplemental to state funding for schools and libraries. Bullet aid is one of three programs through which legislators dole out grants to local municipalities and nonprofit groups. Leaders of each chamber’s controlling political party decide how much money from those programs each lawmaker gets to award — meaning Republican senators and Democratic Assembly members get to award the most grants.
The Floral Park Library offers numerous programs and services beyond borrowing books. Patrons can listen to authors speak, participate in continuing education programs, work on resumes, and search online for job opportunities.
Phillips toured the library recently and learned about the variety or programs it offers for children, adults and seniors, including a family pre-school hour, defensive driving courses and movie screenings.
“The Floral Park Library was honored with a visit from Senator Elaine Phillips, as she toured our library, meeting staff and patrons,” Patricia Eren, the Floral Park library’s director, said. “Her commitment to libraries is evident and very much appreciated. Senator Phillips has presented us with $10,000 in bullet aid for this year and we are extremely grateful. With these funds, we hope to expand our services to the young adults in the Floral Park community, giving them an enriching, safe haven to meet and study after school hours. “