Ruins Hall, a public arts haven, receives $1 million grant for repairs

York County libraries get $1 million boost from state

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, three York County libraries will be able to expand and improve their facilities.

In a Wednesday, Sept. 26, news release, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, announced that Martin Library in York City, Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam Township and Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion will each receive a portion of the grant to offset the costs of renovation and building projects.

“With this award and most recently the Keystone Library Grant, we are proud the state has made significant investments in our library system that prioritizes learning and reflects our educational resources being strengthened,” Hill-Evans said.

Ava Topper, 4, of Wrightsville, looks at a book with her stuffed "Mr. Monkey" during a pre-school story time at Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam Township Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.  Part of a state grant will be used to build a new facility for Kreutz Creek, which is currently housed in a double-wide trailer originally used as temporary housing after Hurricane Agnes hit in 1972. Bill Kalina photo

Robert Lambert, president of York County Libraries, said the grant will be added to the organization's overall capital campaign, which benefits every library in the system. The projects at these three libraries will be supported by that capital fund. 

At Martin Library, the public restrooms will be renovated and the sliding doors will be updated. 

Kreutz Creek Library will build a new facility to replace the double-wide trailer currently housing the collection.

Deb Sullivan, spokeswoman for York County Libraries, said the trailer was originally a temporary housing unit for residents displaced by Hurricane Agnes in 1972, and the library has outgrown the space.

Kaltreider-Benfer Library will use its portion of the grant to add more space for the children’s library, a teen center and private study areas.

In a Tuesday, Sept. 25, news release, state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, said Kaltreider-Benfer is a first-rate facility and a cornerstone of the Red Lion community.

"The library gives people both young and old the opportunity to access a wealth of knowledge for free," Saylor said.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that three libraries will benefit directly from the grant.