Christine Angeli, director of the Milford Public Library, isn\u2019t holding her breath for a state grant that would help the city fund library renovations: There\u2019s not much funding available, and there are other contenders for the state money. But she told the aldermen at their August meeting that the city may as well apply and see what happens. \u201cWe\u2019ll put our application in and see what we can get,\u201d Angeli told the aldermen. \u201cI don\u2019t think there will be money in the future, so this might be our last chance to get some state funds for construction.\u201d The library board already has plans drawn up for renovations, which is primarily a redistribution of space within the library. Reclaiming office and other space on the lower level would double the amount of space in the children\u2019s department and make it ADA compliant. Today, a virtual cavern of space just beyond the children\u2019s library is used for office space and storage, and with changes that have taken place since the library was built in 1976, that kind of space just isn\u2019t needed anymore. The current children's department is 2,000 square feet, and by expanding into the office and storage space, as well as reclaiming some space now used for technical services and deliveries, another 2,000 square feet would be added. The library has expanded its programming in recent years, and children\u2019s story hours alone attract 50 to 60 people. \u201cAnd that\u2019s a great time to make a connection with families,\u201d Angeli said. But when the story is over, there isn\u2019t enough room for families and children to sit and browse through the books. \u201cWe don\u2019t have the space for children to lounge and read for an hour, and I think that\u2019s really important,\u201d Angeli said. There also isn\u2019t enough room for children in wheelchairs to move down the book aisles conveniently. Creating more space would also allow the staff to create different areas for children of different ages. Similar changes would be made upstairs in the adult department, where office and storage rooms and other behind-the-scenes space would be reclaimed to create two small meeting rooms, \u201csomething that patrons have been requesting on almost a daily basis,\u201d Angeli said. Business people sometimes request space to meet, and students sometimes want a room where they can study together, Angeli added. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of space in the library that\u2019s not public space,\u201d she said. There is $1.7 million in state funds available in state library construction funds. Of that, 80% is for libraries looking at major or vital construction, and the rest is for cities like Milford looking to fund additions or renovations to their libraries. So that\u2019s only $340,000 in total funds, which other municipalities have applied for. Milford is hoping to get $245,000 \u2014 it\u2019s a matching grant so the library would have to come up with another $245,000 from the city or private sources. Angeli said some could come from money earmarked for roof and other improvements, if there are funds left over in that account. The total cost is expected to be $450,000 to $500,000. The grant \u201cis going to be extremely competitive,\u201d Angeli said. If the city doesn\u2019t get the money, the work isn\u2019t something that has to be done immediately. However, expanding space isn\u2019t a new idea, and it\u2019s something library officials believe will really benefit library patrons. A study done in the year 2000 study suggested similar changes. State Rep. Kim Rose, who attended the Board of Aldermen\u2019s meeting, said she was in favor of the city seeking the grant and said she will work with the other legislators to support the city\u2019s bid for the funds. Alderman Frank Smith also spoke up, saying there are limited funds at this difficult state budget time, encouraging the city to apply for them. The aldermen voted unanimously to apply for the grant.