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Woods Run Library Receives Renovation Grant
Councilwoman Burns Supports Project

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(Pittsburgh-- May 15, 2003) Earlier today Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Barbara Burns presented the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh with a $50,000 grant for improvements to its Woods Run library.

The Councilwoman's gift of Neighborhood Needs Funds was a tribute to the late Carol Annis, a District One community leader and Pittsburgh School Board member. The contribution will be used to enhance the Children's area, which will be completely renovated along with the rest of the library later this year.

Councilwoman Burns talked about the importance of libraries as community anchors, especially in a neighborhood that is undergoing change such as the Woods Run Community. "Carol Annis was a leader in the neighborhood movement and cared deeply for children in this community and across the city," Burns said. Councilwoman Burns and the other guests were delighted that Mrs. Annis' family attended the presentation. "Carol would be proud to be a part of this amazing library facility," said Burns.

Mayor Tom Murphy joined Councilwoman Burns and Herb Elish, Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for the grant announcement. Mayor Murphy applauded the Councilwoman's support for this important asset in the Woods Run community. "Libraries are so much more than books, they welcome, educate and entertain people of all ages. CLP's aggressive program to renovate libraries is a significant element in our efforts to revitalize city neighborhoods," Murphy said.

In April of 2002, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh launched its Capital Improvement Program community process at Woods Run. The process has helped the Library to identify its customer and community needs. "We are fortunate to have in Mayor Tom Murphy and Councilwoman Burns two champions who understand the benefits of a 21st century library system for people in this region -- and more importantly in this neighborhood. We are grateful for this gift. It's a wise and thoughtful investment which benefits the entire Woods Run neighborhood," Elish said.

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