BUNKER HILL – Area public libraries will receive more than $344,000 in state grants for services, materials, equipment and technology, State Senator Andy Manar announced today.

“Public libraries are heart of many of the communities I represent in Springfield,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “I am pleased that Secretary of State Jesse White has chosen to support them in this way.”

The Illinois secretary of state awarded money from two different programs: the Illinois Public Library Per Capita grant and the Equalization Aid grants.

One area library received a 2018 Equalization Aid grant:

  • Frank Bertetti Public Library in Benld $1,035.50

Area libraries receiving 2018 Per Capita grants and the amounts are:

  • Assumption Public Library District $2,322.50
  • Frank Bertetti Public Library in Benld $1,945.00
  • Blue Mound Memorial Library District $3,058.75
  • Brighton Memorial Library District $2,817.50
  • Bunker Hill Public Library District $5,337.50
  • Carlinville Public Library $7,396.25
  • Decatur Public Library $95,152.50
  • Farmersville-Waggoner Public Library District $2,063.75
  • Gillespie Public Library $4,148.75
  • Girard Township Library $3,082.50
  • Harristown Public Library District $2,401.25
  • Hillsboro Public Library $7,758.75
  • Litchfield Public Library District $11,240.00
  • Kitchell Memorial Library in Morrisonville $1,528.75
  • Mount Olive Public Library $2,623.75
  • Nokomis Public Library $3,673.75
  • Carnegie-Schuyler Library in Pana $7,308.75
  • Doyle Public Library District in Raymond $2,360.00
  • Lincoln Public Library in Springfield $145,312.50
  • Staunton Public Library $6,423.75
  • Stonington Township Public Library $1,413.75
  • Taylorville Public Library $14,057.50
  • Grand Prairie of the West Public Library District in Virden $6,370.00
  • Witt Township Memorial Library $1,453.75
  • Worden Public Library District $1,740.00

Total Per Capita grants: $342,991.25

Per Capita grants help libraries pay for materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Statewide, libraries were awarded more than $15 million through the two grant programs this year.

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