Local libraries receive state grants

Local libraries receive state grants

MACOUPIN COUNTY (May 3, 2018) – Secretary of State and State Librarian has awarded Fiscal Year 2018 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $15.4 million to 630 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.

In Macoupin County, $40,145 in Per Capita Grants has been awarded to nine libraries: Frank Bertetti Benld Public Library, $1,945; Brighton Memorial Library District, $2,817.50; Bunker Hill Public Library District, $5,336.50; Carlinville Public Library, $7,396.25; Gillespie Public Library, $4,148.75; Girard Township Library, $3,082.50; Mt. Olive Public Library, $2,623.75; Staunton Public Library, $6,423.75; and Grand Prairie of the West Public Library District (Virden), $6,370. In addition, the Benld library also received an Equalization Aid Grant for $1,035.50.

“I am proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” said White. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.”

Some of the services public libraries provide include free internet access; books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and e-books; interlibrary loan service; reference services such as homework assistance; social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter; after-school and summer programming for children; book clubs where patrons read and discuss books; multicultural programming and translation services; special programs and services for senior citizens, such as tax return assistance and how to use computers and email; voter registration and organ/tissue donor drives; and meeting rooms for community events.

Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law for public libraries, which allows resources for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services. Information about the grant programs can be found at cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html.