SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Special presentations, performers, and other events play a big role in attracting new patrons to libraries throughout Onondaga County. Those are the features library officials say will benefit from $90,000 worth of grants announced Tuesday.
Sen. John DeFrancisco helped secure the state funds which will be split between the next two years.
The funds will be aimed at cultural programs libraries wouldn't be able to afford with their regular budgets.
"It also provides a reason, sometimes, for people to come into a library to see something or be part of something they otherwise wouldn't have visited, and once they're in the library, they're hooked," said Sen. DeFrancisco.
Libraries will be able to apply for mini-grants for anything from display items to enhanced services. Funds will be awarded in February.