We champion the Palm Springs Public Library a lot (some would say too much) because we’re big fans of both the written word and the role libraries play in building stronger, more connected communities (a passion we share). Yesterday we learned the state is doing some championing of its own.
The news: City officials announced Tuesday that, following a rigorous review process, our local library was awarded a matching $6.5 million “Building Forward Grant” from California State Library. The grant will go toward renovations and upgrades to the main library building.
- We first told you about the grant application as part of a larger story on the future of the library back in March.
Zoom in: With the help of the state funds, you can expect lots of changes at the main library building off Sunrise Way. Some will be visible — such as new doors and windows — and some will be hidden but just as crucial, including new water lines, an air filtration system, and some seismic retrofitting.
What they’re saying: “This $6.5 million will go a long way in helping the library improve services and access to the community. “We are extremely thankful to the California State Library for recognizing the need and approving this important project which will positively impact our Palm Springs community for generations to come.” — Jeannie Kays, director of Library Services,