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Oneida Public Library Reaches Halfway Point in Fundraising Efforts

The $100,000 grant from The Central New York Community Foundation is just the latest six figure donations that the Oneida Public Library has received for the construction of the new library facility on Main and Elizabeth streets.  It also marks the halfway point for fundraising for the 5.5 million dollar project.

“We are thrilled,” said OPL Board President Patricia Albaugh, “that the Community Foundation has joined the hundreds of other businesses, foundations and residents of the greater Oneida area who have contributed to the Capital Campaign. The new OPL will be an institution that all area residents will enjoy, with cheerful, wide open space for learning, creating, exhibiting, meeting, and plenty of parking to make visiting a breeze.”

The OPL’s proposed new library will be a one-story brick and stone structure with some 18,000 square feet of usable space, including a 125-seat community room. Boasting a modern technical infrastructure and potential LEED certification for energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design, the new library is intended to provide books, media, electronic communication capacity, literacy services and ample meeting space to the greater Oneida community in the 21st century.

"The Community Foundation considers our new library to be a ‘transformative project’ that will revitalize the greater Oneida area and help stimulate economic growth,” said Carolyn Gerakopoulos, Oneida Library director. “I think of the new library as a statement of community faith, as an investment in the future, in life-long learning and growing opportunities for the younger generation so that they will want to stay here and contribute to the well-being of the entire community.”

The project began in 2012 and no date has yet been determined for a ground breaking.

In addition the library has received:

  • $200,000 from the Gorman Foundation
  • $150,000 from the Oneida Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
  • $200,000 from the Howard and Bess Chapman Charitable Corporation

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