Local libraries have received Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants for the 2018 fiscal year.
"I am proud of the outstanding service Illinois' public libraries provide to our communities," Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse 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."
Statewide, the grants total $15.4 million to 630 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.
Locally, the Robinson Public Library District received a grant of $19,296.25; the Palestine Library District, $2.962.50; the West Union District Library, $981.25; and the Lawrence Library District, $21,041.25.
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
Reference services such as homework assistance
Social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter
After school and summer programming for children
Book clubs where patrons read and discuss books
Multicultural programming and translation services
Special programs and services for senior citizens such as tax return assistance and how to use computers and email
Voter registration and organ/tissue donor drives
Meeting rooms for important community events
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. Information concerning the grant programs can be found at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html.