White awards grants to school libraries

White awards grants to school libraries

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White recently awarded more than $1.3 million in fiscal year 2019 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts, including several in Macoupin County. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefitted from the grants.

“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 White. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program, and I’m pleased that we can continue to provide school libraries with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

Appropriations from FY19 that were approved by the General Assembly and the governor awarded school library grants based on a formula of $0.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750. In Macoupin County, Bunker Hill CUSD 8 received $750; Carlinville CUSD 1, $1,044.75; Gillespie CUSD 7, $920.25; Mt. Olive CUSD 5, $750; North Mac CUSD 34, $750; Northwestern CUSD 2, $750; Southwestern CUSD 9, $1,002.75; and Staunton CUSD 6, $920.25.

The School District Library Grant Program is used to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, library subscriptions to electronic resources, and to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving wi-fi connectivity.

For more information about the grant, visit cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/schoolpercapgrant.html.