Many Illinois School Libraries Get State Grants
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Several public school libraries in southern Illinois are receiving a share of $1.4 million in grants from Secretary of State Jesse White, who also serves as the state librarian. 
Some area districts getting funds are: Anna-Jonesboro $735.50, Cairo $735.50, Carbondale (4 schools) $3,269.50, DuQuoin $1,084.50, Goreville $735.50, Herrin $1,770.00, Johnston City $846.75, Marion (2 schools) 3,543.50, Massac Co. $1,586.25, Pope County $735.50, Ullin $735.50, Vienna $735.50, West Frankfort $735.50.
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 .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 schoolteacher, says libraries are important to help children learn and prepare for the future. He says studies show pupils in schools with strong library programs perform better scholastically.

Published 01:09 PM, Saturday Mar. 02, 2013
Updated 08:07 PM, Monday Mar. 04, 2013

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