Area Libraries Among Secretary of State Grant Recipients | Education

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Secretary of State and Librarian of State Jesse White has awarded nearly $6 million to libraries.

“During the ongoing pandemic, libraries have had to reorganize their services to meet community needs and I am honored to be able to provide funding to enable these libraries to expand access for their patrons,” White said. “I applaud the Illinois library community for their hard work as they continue to provide essential services during this difficult time.”

Local recipients include Maroa-Forsyth Schools, $21,830; South Macon Public Library, $24,291; Mattoon Public Library, $11,600; Mount Zion District Library, $12,391; Argenta-Oreana Public Library District, $38,067; Barclay Public Library in Warrensburg, $21,860; and Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, $50,000.

Funds totaling $5.7 million were distributed to 211 university, school, special and public libraries. Sources include the US Federal Bailout Act (ARPA) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), both from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and technology funds from the State.

Grants have been awarded to provide essential resources to job seekers; restoring services and enhancing digital inclusion efforts focused on circulating internet hotspots, laptops, and other devices that support pandemic recovery; and restoring the library’s ability to operate and provide clean and safe library spaces while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter

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