Joan Hartley

State Senator

Joan Hartley

Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore

An Independent Voice

May 26, 2022

Sen. Hartley Welcomes $250,000 for Silas Bronson Library Upgrades

Today, State Senator Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) and the Waterbury legislative delegation. welcomed the approval of $250,000 in state funding by Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for the Silas Bronson Library. The funding will support the modernizing of the library’s hydraulic passenger elevator.

“The Silas Bronson Library is an integral community partner in the City of Waterbury. The library goes above and beyond to provide city residents of all ages with a safe venue to learn, take part in activities and meet with friends,” said Sen. Hartley. “It is imperative that we ensure our libraries are operating at peak condition and this renovation funding will go to support that aim. My thanks to Governor Lamont and the members of the State Bond Commission for approving these funds and their continued support of the greater Waterbury region.

“Keeping our libraries in a state of good repair is important because these facilities are a central resource in our communities,” Governor Lamont said. “I am glad that the state is able to partner with Waterbury’s Silas Bronson Library to make these upgrades and ensure that the library has the continued ability to serve everyone in the city.”

The Silas Bronson Library is dedicated to serving as a focal point for fostering ideas and enrichment among Waterbury residents. In addition, the library seeks to contribute to the cultural heritage of the city. The library offers a variety of programs and services to visitors, such as one-on-one computer assistance and a summer learning club for children. In particular for youth, the library has offered numerous events and services including story time, introduction to coding, and meeting with the Waterbury Police Department’s K9 unit.

More information about the Silas Bronson Library and its wide variety of services can be found at