Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded over $1.2 million in FY 2020 School District Library Grant Program awards to 684 public school districts. More than 1.5 million Illinois students served by school library programs will benefit from the 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.”

From FY 2020 appropriations approved by the General Assembly and the governor, school library grants were awarded based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750. School libraries can use the funds to acquire fiction and/or nonfiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources, as well as to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.

Following are area school districts that received grants.

Altamont CUSD 10 — $750

Beecher City CUSD 20 — $750

Brownstown CUSD 201 — $750

Clay City CUSD 10 — $750

Cowden Herrick CUSD 3 A — $750

Dieterich CU 30 — $750

Effingham CUSD 40 — $1,666.50

South Central CUSD 401 — $750

Neoga CUSD 3 — $750

Jasper County CUSD 1 — $750

Saint Elmo Community Unit School District 202 — $750

Stewardson Strasburg SD 5A — $750

Teutopolis CU 50 — $772.50

Cumberland CUSD 77 — $750

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