State awards grants to public school libraries, Rockford schools to get $20,496.95

April 6, 2012

Online Staff Report

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Fiscal Year 2012 School District Library Program Grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to 648 Illinois public school districts. More than 1.7 million students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.

The following area districts were awarded the following grants:

Belvidere School District 100 — $6,745.01, serving 8,653 students;

Byron Community Unit School District 226 — $1,215.24, serving 1,559 students;

DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 — $4,470.43, serving 5,735 students;

Dixon Community Unit School District 170 — $1,760.11, serving 2,258 students;

Freeport School District 145 — $3,114.88, serving 3,996 students;

Galena Unit School District 120 — $602.55, serving 773 students;

Machesney Park Harlem Community Unit School District 122 — $5,649.82, serving 7,248 students;

Oregon Community Unit School District 220 — $1,183.28, serving 1,518 students;

Polo Community Unit School District 222 — $516.81, serving 663 students;

Poplar Grove/North Boone Community Unit School District 200 — $1,294.75, serving 1,661 students;

Rockford Public School District 205 — $20,496.95, serving 26,295 students;

Rockton Hononegah Community High School District 207 — $1,732.83, serving 2,223 students;

Rockton School District 140 — $1,170.81, serving 1,502 students;

South Beloit Community Unit School District 320 — $765.47, serving 982 students;

Sterling Community Unit School District 5 — $2,602.75, serving 3,339 students;

Sycamore Community Unit School District 427 — $2,903.64, serving 3,725 students;

Winnebago Community Unit School District 323 — $1,148.98, serving 1,474 students; and

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 — $4,803.28, serving 6,162 students.

Click here to view a full list of the school districts receiving grants.

As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” White said. “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.”

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.

Posted April 6, 2012

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