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Area school libraries receive state grant money

March 1, 2013

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Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White (D) has awarded Fiscal Year 2013 School District Library Program Grants totaling almost $1.4 million to 642 Illinois public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants.

As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are so important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” White said. “Several studies in recent years have shown that students perform better in the classroom in school districts that have strong library media programs. 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.”

Grants were awarded based on a formula of 75 cents per student, with a minimum grant award of $735.50.

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.

Following by city are grant amounts awarded to area school districts, including the district housing count:

• Byron (Byron CUSD No. 226) — $1,131 (1,508 district housing count)

• DeKalb (DeKalb CUSD No. 428) — $4,361.25 (5,815 district housing count)

• Dixon (Dixon CUSD No. 170) — $1,655.25 (2,207 district housing count)

• Durand (Durand CUSD No. 322) — $735.50 (632 district housing count)

• Galena (Galena Unit School District No. 120) — $735.50 (772 district housing count)

• Genoa (Genoa-Kingston CUSD No. 424) — $1,411. 50 (1,882 district housing count)

• Harvard (Harvard CUSD No. 50) — $1,800 (2,400 district housing count)

• Machesney Park (Harlem CUSD No. 122) — $5,331 (7,108 district housing count)

• Oregon (Oregon Community Unit School District No. 220) — $1,128 (1,504 district housing count)

• Polo (Polo CUSD No. 222) — $735.50 (634 district housing count)

• Rochelle (Rochelle Elementary District No. 231) — $1,230 (1,640 district housing count)

• Rochelle (Rochelle Township High School District No. 212) — $735.50 (912 district housing count)

• Rock Falls (Rock Falls Township High School No. 301) — $735.50 (646 district housing count)

• Rockford (Rockford Public School District 205) — $19,871.25 (26,495 district housing count)

• Rockton (Rockton School District No. 140) — $1,101 (1,468 district housing count)

• Rockton (Hononegah Community High School District No. 207) — $1,587 (2,116 district housing count)

• Sterling (Sterling CUSD No. 5) — $2,434.50 (3,246 district housing count)

• Stillman Valley (Meridian CUSD No. 223) — $1,430.25 (1,907 district housing count)

• Sycamore (Sycamore CUSD No. 427) — $2,846.25 (3,795 district housing count)

• Winnebago (Winnebago CUSD No. 323) — $1,137.75 (1,517 district housing count)

• Woodstock (Woodstock CUSD No. 200) — $4,608.75 (6,145 district housing count)

Posted March 1, 2013

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