Local school districts share state library grants

SPRINGFIELD – Public school libraries, including 19 local districts, are receiving $1.4 million in grants from Secretary of State Jesse White, who also serves as the state librarian.

White’s office announced the grants Friday.

White says nearly 1.7 million students in 642 school districts will be affected by the grants, which were awarded based on a formula of 0.75 cents per student with a minimum gift of $735.

The School District Library Grant Program funds will pay for such things as library materials to support reading for academics and enjoyment, subscriptions to electronic resources, and improved technology to support student research.

White, a former teacher, says libraries are important to help children learn and prepare for the future. He says studies show students in schools with strong library programs perform better scholastically.

The following local school districts received grants, according to a news release from White’s office:

• Consolidated School District 158, $6,766.50

• Barrington School District 220, $6,630.75

• Cary School District 26, $2,047.50

• Crystal Lake High School District 155, $5,207.25

• Crystal Lake Consolidated School District 47, $6,044.25

• Prairie Grove School District 46, $735.50

• Grant High School District 124, $1,365.75

• Fox River Grove School District 3, $735.50

• Harvard School District 50, $1,800

• Alden-Hebron Consolidated School District 19, $735.50

• Johnsburg School District 12, $1,661.25

• Marengo High School District 154, $735.50

• Riley Consolidated School District 18, $735.50

• McHenry Consolidated School District 15, $3,520.50

• McHenry High School District 156, $1,859.25

• Richmond-Burton High School District 157, $735.50

• Nippersink School District 2, $1,034.25

• Harrison School District 36, $735.50

• Woodstock School District 200, $4,608.75

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