Voluntown library expansion plan gets boost from feds

Voluntown — The Voluntown Library is to receive a $34,278 federal grant to help fund a 3,400-square-foot expansion that includes a community meeting space and additional book areas.

The grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Facility Grant program, was announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District.

“Voluntown’s public library is a community treasure, and this grant will help provide updated space for the families and staff who frequent the library. USDA’s Rural Development portfolio, which I strongly supported in the Farm Bill this year, provides critical support to Connecticut’s small communities for projects ranging from infrastructure upgrades to expanding local institutions like the Voluntown Library,” Courtney said in a press statement.

Library Director Cathy Rubin said in a statement that the library has until November 2016 to raise the $864,000 total cost of the project. The library expansion is expected to be funded by a combination of federal, local, and state contributions, in addition to $32,000 in private donations.

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