State Funds for Stonington Free Library

December 13, 2019

I am thrilled to announce a state grant in the amount of $145,000 for Stonington Free Library expected to be approved at the special meeting of the State Bond Commission next week. The funding will cover part of the costs associated with the refurbishment for ADA accessibility and minor renovations to the facility.

“This plan is an important priority for our community and I am grateful the governor was able to accommodate this request for us,” said Rotella.

Belinda de Kay, Director of the Stonington Free Library said, “We are so excited to see our vision of providing a Stonington Free Library for the 21st century come one step closer to reality! Our aim to provide increased access and enhanced services for all has been truly a community effort, from its roots in the surveys and focus groups that defined our goals, to the fundraising efforts which have brought together awards from state and local governments, foundations and private individuals. We would like to extend a special thanks to the CT State Library for establishing the public library construction program, and to the Governor and our local representatives for their efforts in placing it on the Bonding Commission agenda.”

With several thousand active cardholders, and more than 33,000 print and digital media items, along with many online subscription services free of charge, the Stonington Free Library has served the community for many decades.

Rep. Rotella noted, “It is a great pleasure to be able to support the ongoing efforts of the extraordinary individuals that maintain our library. Today’s libraries are more than reading rooms – they have become vital centers of cultural and social activities that keep our communities together.”

Kate Rotella is serving her first legislative term representing Stonington and North Stonington. She is a member of the Appropriations, Education and Internship Committees.