Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awards more than $1.2 million from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office's 2020 School District Library Grant Program.
"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."
The following school districts in the Stateline received a grant:
- Belvidere Belvidere School District #100 $5,712.00
- Byron Byron CUSD 226 $1,101.00
- Dakota Dakota CUSD #201 $750.00
- DeKalb DeKalb CUSD #428 $4,698.00
- Dixon Dixon CUSD #170 $1,942.50
- Freeport Freeport School District #145 $2,786.25
- Lena Lena‐Winslow CUSD #202 $750.00
- Machesney Park Harlem CUSD #122 $4,284.75
- Oregon Oregon Community Unit School District #220 $1,019.25
- Pecatonica Pecatonica CUSD #321 $750.00
- Rochelle Rochelle Elementary District #231 $1,088.25
- Rockford Rockford Public School District #205 $19,557.00
- Rockton Hononegah Community High School District #207 $1,492.50
- Rockton Rockton School District #140 $1,131.75
- South Beloit Prairie Hill School District #133 $750.00
- Stillman Valley Meridian CUSD #223 $1,178.25
- Winnebago Winnebago CUSD #323 $997.50
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.