Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded nearly $1.4 million in fiscal year 2015 School
District Library Grant Program awards to 669 public school districts.
Nearly 1.7 million Illinois students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.
“The school library is a place where children have access to resources and opportunities for achieving academic excellence,” White said. “As a former teacher, I am proud to award this grant to ensure our school libraries stay vital and relevant while educating our students.”
Grants were awarded based on a formula of 75 cents per student with a minimum grant award of $750.
The program is used to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, library subscriptions, electronic resources like new computers and improve wifi connectivity. Information concerning the grant program can be found at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/schoolpercapgrant.html.
Local districts and grant awards include:
- Alton: $4,692
- Bethalto: $990
- Granite City: $4,647
- Roxana: $1,332
- East Alton-Wood River: $750