White awards over $18 million in public library grants

Flagg-Rochelle Public Library receives $20,291

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SPRINGFIELD – Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $18.1 million to 638 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.

The Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District received $20,291.58 and the Creston-Dement Public Library District received $1,171.15.

“Public Act 102-0039 allowed my office to award these grants at $1.475 per capita, an increase from the previous rate of $1.25,” White said. “I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to all residents. I truly believe libraries are cornerstones of our communities, and I am pleased to provide this increased funding to help them serve the public.”

Some of the valuable services public libraries provide with grant money include the following:

large print material for aging patrons, books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs, audiobooks and eBooks, home visit book delivery service, new computers, iPads and printers, Spanish and dual language materials, Expanded access to online resources, adult programming and newsletters, postcards and other promotional materials.