Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded more than $1.2 million from the 2020 fiscal year School District Library Grant Program, granting funds to 684 public school districts across Illinois. More than 1.5 million Illinois students served by school library programs will benefit from the grants.
“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” White said. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program, and I’m pleased that we can continue to provide school libraries with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”
From the FY20 appropriations approved by the General Assembly and the governor, school library grants were awarded based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750.
The following local school districts will receive grant funding:
Morris High School District 101 — $750
Morris Elementary School District 54 — $815.50
Saratoga School District — $750
Coal City CUSD #1 — $1,571.25
Mazon-Verona-Kinsman School District 2C — $750
Gardner South-Wilmington Twp. High School District 73 — $750
Gardner Elementary District 72 — $750
Dwight High School District — $750
Dwight Elementary School District — $750
Braceville Elementary School District 53 — $750
Seneca High School District 160 — $750
Seneca CCDS #170 — $750
Reed-Custer School District — $1,020.75
School libraries can use the funds to acquire fiction and/or nonfiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources, as well as to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.
Additional information about the grant program can be found online at cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/schoolpercapgrant.html.