• Jesse White awards grants to local school libraries

    by  • March 1, 2013 • News

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Fiscal Year 2013 School District Library Program Grants totaling almost $1.4 million to 642 Illinois public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.

    Jesse White

    Jesse White

    “As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are so important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” White said. “Several studies in recent years have shown that students perform better in the classroom in school districts that have strong library media programs. 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.”

    Grants were awarded based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $735.50. The School District Library Grant Program provides funds that can be used for things like the acquisition of library materials to support reading for academics and enjoyment, library subscriptions to electronic resources, or improved technology to support student research.

    In the listening area, 23 school libraries will receive the minimum grant award, including Ashley CCSD 15; Bartelso Elementary School District 57; Bluford CCD 14; Webber Township High School; Central Community High School in Breese; and Breese Elementary School; Brownstown CUSD 21;

    Centralia High School; Rome CCSD 2; Kell Grade School; South Central CUSD in Kinmundy; Summersville in Mt. Vernon; and Mulberry Grove;

    Nashville CCD 49; Odin Public School District 22;  Okawville; and Patoka CUSD 100; and Salem Township High School; Salem Elementary School; and Selmaville CCD 10; Sandoval; Trenton; and Woodlawn.

    Centralia City School District will receive $841.50; Carlyle Community School District $879; Mt. Vernon Township High School $954.75; and Mt. Vernon School District will receive $1,101.