Casey and USDA Announce Funding at Pittston Area Memorial Library

PITTSTON, PA— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams today announced a $48,000 Community Facilities grant for the Pittston Area Memorial Library Association. The grant money will be used to expand the selection of non-fiction, state and county books, as well as large print books and books on CD, public access computers and new bookcases. In addition, the library anticipates adding or updating carpeting and furniture.

“This grant will help the Pittston Area Memorial Library continue to provide the community with diverse resources for education and recreation,” said Senator Casey. “The library is an asset to Pittston and I am pleased that the USDA shares my commitment to ensuring Pennsylvania’s communities are able to provide modern facilities and resources to their residents.”

“USDA Rural Development’s support for these projects reflects our commitment to ensuring that rural communities can create jobs, attract businesses and provide necessary services to their residents,” Williams said. “Rural Development continues to work with rural communities to help them develop quality modern library facilities and school buildings, and reliable first responder equipment and services to ensure that people who live in rural areas have access to critical infrastructure.”

Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 110 employees located in 11 offices throughout Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.

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