Henry Carter Hull Library Receives ARPA Grant Through State Library
From left at the Henry Carter Hull Library Director Maribeth Breen, eagle scout candidate Noah Borkowski, and Boy Scout Troop 55 leader Bill Loth gather in front of the library’s new gazebo installed by Borkowski with American Rescue Plan Act funding. (Photo by Vera Borkowski)
The Henry Carter Hull Library recently completed an addition of an outdoor gazebo as part of an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funded project. The project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of ARPA, administered by the Connecticut State library. In addition to the $17,420 in ARPA funding, the library collaborated with local eagle scout candidate Noah Borkowski of Troop 55 to construct the decking for the gazebo and to assemble the gazebo. Assisting Borkowski were his parents, Matt and Vera Borkowski, Troop leader Bill Loth, Al Walker, Arthur Lebert, Schumack Engineered Construction, and Landon Lumber.
The gazebo will be used to extend the library’s indoor space. The outdoor shelter will allow community members to comfortably work on their own, hold a small meeting, or receive assistance from library staff. The gazebo will add to the library’s already robust community aid services to help the community transition to full pre-pandemic library operation.