Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded more than $1.3 million in FY19 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefited from the grants.

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded more than $1.3 million in FY19 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefited from the grants.

Appropriations from FY19 that were approved by the General Assembly and the Governor awarded school library grants 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.

Local districts receiving funds included:

• AlWood — $750

• Annawan — $750

• Cambridge — $750

• Colona Grade School — $750

• Galva — $750

• Geneseo — $1,904.25

• Kewanee — $1,345.50

• Orion — $750

• Prophetstown — $750

• Wethersfield — $750