Area libraries received funding through the state’s per capita and equalization aid grants.

Area libraries received funding through the state’s per capita and equalization aid grants.

In total, $15.4 million was awarded to 630 public libraries in Illinois.

“I am proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” said Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse 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.”

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.

Locally, the Geneseo Public Library District received $18,291. The Atkinson Public Library received $1,856. The Annawan-Alba Township Library received $1,665, and the Colona Public Library District received $8,311.