Jesse White Awards Nearly $1.4 Million In Grants To School Libraries

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) — Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded nearly $1.4 million in FY15 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 per student with a minimum grant award of $750. The School District Library Grant Program is used to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, library subscriptions, electronic resources like new computers and improve Wi-Fi connectivity. Locally, Mt. Vernon District #80 received $1,044.00, Mt. Vernon Township High School District #201 received $927.75, and Summersville Education District #79 received $750. Also, Hamilton County Unit 10 received $876, and Centralia City School District #135 received $807.75, and Rome District #2 in Dix, Waltonville District #1, Woodlawn Unit #205, Wayne City Unit #100, Centralia High School District #200, Salem District #600, Salem Elementary School District #111, and Selmaville CCD #10 each received $750.