Two new additions to the Penn Yan Public Library grounds will prove convenient to a wide variety of commuters.

A new horse shelter was installed the week of Oct. 7, while an electric vehicle charging station was installed the week of Oct. 14 and will be ready for use by the end of the month. These upgrades are a cooperative effort between the library and Yates County.

Mennonite community members are frequent library users, and the new horse shelter will afford them additional convenience while accessing library resources. The attractive brick-red structure suits downtown’s architectural profile, and plans are underway to top it off with a decorative weathervane.

At the other end of the technological spectrum, the charging station promises to offer advantages to the entire community, not just electric car owners.

“Yates County is thrilled to collaborate with the library on our mutual interest of providing our citizens access to an electric vehicle charging station and an adequate horse shelter,” says Nonie Flynn, Yates County Treasurer and acting county administrator.  “By installing the charging station, Yates County was able to qualify for the Charge Ready NY rebate from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to offset the costs.  The completion of the charging station is also one of our four required high-impact actions that will help us qualify for the Clean Energy Community designation from NYSERDA.  This designation will award the County a grant of between $50,000 and $250,000 with no local cost share, to support additional clean energy projects.”

PYPL’s recently-adopted strategic plan for the five-year period begun in 2019 includes goals focused on embracing community connectivity, strengthening individual and community resilience, encouraging public participation, and cultivating practical knowledge and creative discovery. These additions to the library grounds promote each of these goals by facilitating and encouraging community members’ use of their many educational and cultural resources.

“The library staff and board of trustees strive to offer relevant resources enriching our community. Adding these two new features to the library grounds in partnership with Yates County will benefit residents and visitors into the future,” says Angela Gonzalez PYPL Executive Director. Library staff joke with guests that the parking lot is becoming a transportation time machine; the cutting-edge charging station and the traditional buggy shed join the specially-designed bike rack and bicycle repair station installed a few years ago. They all reflect the library’s commitment to serving the varied needs of a dynamic community.