State Senator Cristina Castro announced four local school districts are receiving nearly $70,000 in state grant funding to provide resources to libraries, including books, e-books, audiobooks, periodicals, multilingual materials, technology and programming.

“Libraries open doors to invaluable new experiences, skills and perspectives for all students,” said Castro (D-Elgin). “Access to high-quality, multilingual library resources begins with investments at the local level which provide a foundation to build on in the future.”

Based on a statutory formula, school districts receive $0.885 per student enrolled at each school with a qualified library. Funding for the Illinois Secretary of State’s School District Library Grant Program is appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly.

The following school districts serving students in Castro’s district received a total of $69,784:

  • School District U-46 – $29,558
  • School District 54 – $12,823
  • Community Unit School District 300 – $16,655
  • Township High School District 211 – $10,748

The grants, awarded once each fiscal year, will support school library services for over 1 million K-12 students across the state.

For a full list of school districts that received funding, visit the Secretary of State’s website.