SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Javier Cervantes announced five school districts in the 1st District have received more than $18,000 to provide resources to libraries through books, e-books, audiobooks, periodicals, multilingual materials, technology and programs.

“Ensuring our libraries are equipped with books, programs, and resources necessary to students in the community provides the foundation for educational opportunities,” said Cervantes (D-Chicago). “I am excited to see the ways these funds will be used at our libraries and what new resources they will be able to obtain with this funding.”

Based on a statutory formula, school districts receive $0.885 per student enrolled at each school with a qualified library. Funding for the School District Library Grant Program originates from the General Reserve Fund and is appropriated for this purpose by the Illinois General Assembly.

The following school districts in Cervantes’ district received a total of $18,548.48:

  • Central Stickney School District 110
  • Cicero School District 99
  • Sterling Morton High School District 201
  • Lyons School District 103
  • Riverside School District 96

The grants, awarded once every fiscal year, will support school library services for over 1 million students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade across the state.

“Illinois is supporting our libraries and working to provide them with more educational opportunities for our students through the services and resources they are able to share,” Cervantes said. “We will continue to look for ways to support our local libraries that provide so much to our communities.”

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