Almost 1.7 million students reached
Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded nearly $1.4 million in FY14 School District Library Grant Program awards to 656 public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million Illinois students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.
â€œThe school library is a place where children have access to resources and opportunities for achieving academic excellence,â€ White said. â€œI am proud to award this grant to ensure our school libraries stay vital and relevant while educating our students.â€
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 to electronic resources, and to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.