Area libraries receive part of $11.9 million in statewide grants

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Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White (D) has awarded Fiscal Year 2013 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $11.9 million to 611 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.

I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said. “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.”

Some of the valuable services public libraries provide include the following:

• Free Internet access;

• Books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs;

• Audiobooks and eBooks;

• Interlibrary loan service (Items can be obtained from other libraries.);

• Reference services such as homework assistance;

• Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and text messaging;

• After school and summer programming for children;

• Book clubs where patrons read and discuss a particular book;

• Multicultural programming and translation services;

• Special programs and services for senior citizens, such as tax return assistance and how to use computers and e-mail;

• Space for voter registration and organ donor drives; and

• Meeting rooms for important community events.

Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law and helps ensure public libraries have some of the resources they need for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology.

Equalization Aid Grants help certain public libraries that have a low library tax base, and ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Following, in alphabetical order by city, is a list of grants received by area libraries:

• Belvidere — Ida Public Library, $26,292.43

• Byron — Byron Public Library District, $8,209.90

• Cherry Valley — Cherry Valley Public Library District, $16,450.62

• DeKalb — DeKalb Public Library, $45,247.43

• Dixon — Dixon Public Library, $16,168.02

• Freeport — Freeport Public Library, $26,346.89

• Galena — Galena Public Library District, $4,733.36

• Genoa — Genoa Public Library District, $5,336.59

• Harvard — Harvard Diggins Library, $9,708.21

• Lena — Lena Community District Library, $5,447.57

• Marengo — Marengo-Union Public Library District, $14,318.25

• Oregon — Oregon Public Library District, $6,343.68

• Pecatonica — Pecatonica Public Library District, $5,406.47

• Rock Falls — Rock Falls Public Library District, $11,685.41

• Rockford — Rockford Public Library, $157,097.88

• Rockton — Talcott Free Library District, $14,157.93

• Sterling — Sterling Public Library, $15,794.98

• Stillman Valley — Julia Hull District Library, $8,505.86

• Stockton — Stockton Township Public Library, $2,520.83

• Sycamore — Sycamore Public Library, $18,003.40

• Winnebago — Winnebago Public Library District, $8,131.79

• Woodstock — Woodstock Public Library, $25,454.89

Posted April 4, 2013

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