ROCKFORD—State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R- Rockford) is pleased to announce four local library districts are winners of the Annual Per Capita Grants from the Illinois Secretary of State.
The Library districts are Ida Public Library receiving $31,981.25, Cherry Valley Public Library District receiving $20,010, Talcott Free Library District receiving $17,221.25 and South Beloit Public Library receiving $9,865.
“Libraries are a very vital resource to our community,” said Sosnowski. “These grants will allow the local libraries to keep up needs such as new material, technology, and other resources to serve our community better.”
The Public Library Per Capita Grants Program was established to assist public libraries to improve and increase library services within their service areas. Grant amounts of up to $1.25 per person served are available, on an annual basis, to all Illinois, local public libraries.
These grants are issued from the Office of Secretary of State Jesse White, who serves as the state’s official librarian.
The Equalization Grants Program was established to help public libraries with a low library tax base. By providing additional funding, these grants help ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.
Per Capita Grant funding allows resources for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications, and technology.