McFarlen Library receives grants for new roof, HVAC system

GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc McFarlen Library has received several grants to help pay for upgrades.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, City Manager Wendy Jean-Buhrer announced that the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded the library a grant, in the amount of $24,924, to help offset the cost of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The current system is inefficient and outdated, Jean-Buhrer said.

“This grant will ensure the library can keep all individuals utilizing the facility comfortable during any season,” she said. “The library serves as a great resource for the entire community and beyond. People come to the library to research, relax and enjoy books and other available media.”

The council also awarded the library a $40,000 grant to go toward the Chuck the Pails, Lay the Roof, a project undertaken in partnership with the City of Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township.

Total cost of the new roof was $125,000.

“This grant helped tremendously to get rid of the soggy roof tiles and buckets being placed strategically around McFarlen Library,” Jean- Buhrer said. “The community can enjoy the library for years.”

In recent years, the library has expanded, with the assistance of other donations. The library also has a new sign and fenced area for reading outside.

The City of Grand Blanc also received a $10,000 grant from the Grand Blanc Community Fund to support the library’s new roof.

“McFarlen Library has needed a new roof for quite some time,” Jean-Buhrer said. “There have been multiple issues related to the leaking roof. The grant funding for the new roof ensured it was done efficiently and correctly.”

The library’s mission is to provide local communities with access to up-to-date informational, entertaining, educational and culturally-enriching resources while maintaining a high standard of fiscal responsibility. The McFarlen Library is one of 19 branches in the Genesee District Library system.

The Grand Blanc Community Fund is part of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which serves the common good in Genesee County by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment.

Since 1988, the foundation has granted more than $130 million to nonprofit organizations and serves community funds in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc. — L.R.