2020 Challenge Grants

2020 Continuing Education Challenge

SALS will offer ten Continuing Education Challenge Grants of up to $1,000 per library

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2020 Construction Challenge Grant

Deadline December 27th, 2019

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2020 Library Services Seed Challenge Grant

Deadline December 27th, 2019

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2018 Construction Challenge Grant Recipients:

Argyle Free LibraryLayout improvements
Bolton Free LibraryLED lighting
Town of Ballston Community LibraryDrive-up book return
Clifton Park-HalfmoonVidoe conference table/mobile AV center
Easton Free LibraryCommercial vinyl flooring and installation
Greenwich Free Library3-5 year plan for library improvements
Caldwell Lake George LibraryReplace windows
Lake Pleasant Public LibraryUpdated exterior signage
Mechanicville District Public LibraryLED lighting
Schuylerville Public LibraryReplace garage with small storage shed
Richards LibraryInstall interior/exterior digital recording cameras
Whitehall Free LibraryReplace carpeting and refinish parquet flooring

2018 Seed Challenge Grant Recipients:

Easton Free LibraryPreserve, sustain & provide access to town oral history
Pember LibraryMake computers, printers, wi-fi more available to public
Greenwich Free LibraryEstablish adult literacy program with Schuylerville & Cambridge
Bancroft Public LibraryMakerspace for tweens/teens


2017 Construction Challenge Grant Recipients:

Argyle Free Library: Repair the foundation sills and correct moisture issue
Bolton Free Library: Implement a zoned heating system, install metal ducts, a dehumidifier, and a digital thermostat
Horicon Free Public Library: Install additional power outlets and update lighting with LED fixtures
Town of Ballston Community Library: Paint children’s room and update lighting with LED fixtures
Cambridge Public Library: Pave current parking lot and relocate reserved parking space closer to the building
Town of Chester Public Library: Purchase a new book drop and base
Crandall Public Library: Create a thorough assessment of the library’s space in order to apply for a NYS Construction Grant
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Public Library: Create a master plan to itemize and prioritize improvements
Caldwell-Lake George Library: Improve library’s cable and electrical infrastructure
Lake Pleasant Public Library: Improved seating for patrons and staff
Hadley-Luzerne Public Library: Create an existing conditions report with prioritized upgrades and a plan for expansion
Raquette Lake Library: Create construction documents for workspace and reading room additions
Schuylerville Public Library: Update lighting with LED fixtures

2017 Seed Challenge Grant Recipients:

Town of Ballston Community Library: New educational classes with outside instructors and equipment to facilitate training
Town of Chester Public Library: Afterschool Science enrichment programs which consist of interactive workshops that align with STEM objectives
Galway Public Library: Develop community information hub consisting of a website, print newsletter, and Facebook page titled Galway Get Together: Community News and Resource Center
Crandall Public Library: Free library by mail program for patrons unable to visit the library
Greenwich Free Library: Outreach to food pantry
Caldwell-Lake George Library: Provide English as a Second Language resources and “Living and Working in the United States” support for summer foreign students
Schuylerville Public Library: Provide popup libraries and literacy kits
Waterford Public Library: Provide library services for new senior/community center


2016 Technology Challenge Grant Recipients

Town of Ballston Community Library:  Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) Project
  Primary Community Partner: Town of Ballston Local Emergency Management Committee
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library:  Digital Local History Media Lab Project
  Community Partners: Halfmoon Historical Society, the Town of Clifton Park Historian & the Town of Halfmoon Historian
Greenwich Free Library:  Hands-On Computers: Hardware & Software from Breakerspaces to Troubleshooting Project
  Community Partners: Greenwich Central School & Community Volunteers

2016 Construction Challenge Grant Recipients

Town of Ballston Community Library:  First Floor: Paint, Carpet, Tile Removal & Furniture/Shelving Updates
Galway Public Library:  Exterior Walkway Safety & Accessibility Improvements
Inlet Public Library:  Public Computer Relocation Project
Pember Library & Museum:  Audio & Video Equipment Updates


2015 Technology Challenge Grant Recipients

Ballston Spa Public Library: Digital Literacy for Seniors project
Crandall Public Library: Art & New Technology project
Galway Public Library: STEAM Makerspace project
Mechanicville District Public Library: Makerspace & Digital Literacy project
Town of Ballston Community Library: Digital Literacy for Seniors project

2015 Construction Challenge Grant Recipients

Town of Ballston Community Library: Safety/Surveillance Cameras addition
Bolton Free Library: Accessibility & Entryway improvements
Galway Public Library: Accessibility improvements
Hadley Luzerne Public Library: Illuminated Sign & Book Drop Box addition
Richards Library: Accessibility improvements
Waterford Public Library: Reconfiguration & Repurposing project


2014 Technology Challenge Grant Recipients

Cambridge Public Library: Student scholarships for computer maintenance & helpdesk staffing
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: ESOL/GED services in a mobile and flexible space
Easton Library: Genealogy services and laptop
Indian Lake Library: Computer literacy for career training
Lake Pleasant Library: Ancestry.com, genealogy, media transfer & history hub services

2014 Construction Challenge Grant Recipients

Argyle Free Library: Exterior lighting
Crandall Public Library: Improved room lighting in their Holden Room
Easton Library: New signage, new computer center, bathroom repair
Hadley Luzerne Public Library: Iron fence repair, shutters, gutters
Town of Ballston Community Library: Traffic flow signs, automatic door, call box