Springfield… School Library Grants have been issued from the State Library via Secretary of State Jesse White’s School Library Grant program to schools here in the 76th District. The grant totals $9,992.25 with no school receiving less than $750.

“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,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program for libraries, and I am pleased that we can continue to provide them with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature has authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.

 “I’m very happy to announce that this grant money will be put to good use here in our district’s schools,” said State Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator). “I will continue to look for grants that improve education in our community.”