CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Paul Faraci announced that seven school districts in the 52nd Senate District will receive more than $20,000 to provide resources to libraries through books, e-books, audiobooks, periodicals, multilingual materials, technology and programs.

“This funding to school district libraries isn't just an investment in books, it's an investment in the heart of our communities and the minds of our future,” said Faraci (D-Champaign). “We want to empower these libraries to be able to make the necessary investments for our children.”

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 Faraci’s district received a total of $20,051:

  • Champaign School District 4 - $8,782
  • Danville School District 118 - $3,823
  • Oakwood School District 76 - $850
  • Rantoul School District 137 - $1,364
  • Rantoul School District 193 - $850
  • Urbana School District 116 - $3,411
  • Westville School District 2 - $971

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.

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