"During tough economic times, more people turn to libraries for information and entertainment," said Little. "It's important our libraries are current, easy to use, energy efficient and above all, safe."
The grants are made available through a $14 million capital fund approved last year as part of the 2008-09 state budget. More than 40 percent of the approximately 1,000 public library buildings throughout New York are more than 60 years old.
"Libraries are invaluable public resources for our communities," said Sayward. "I am pleased that our local libraries will be able to update and repair their facilities so that they can better serve the families and children of the North Country."