Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded $752,835 in “Back to Books” grants to 187 Illinois libraries for fiction and nonfiction books.
“It is important that our libraries have access to a diverse collection of books available for knowledge and enjoyment,” said White. “These grants are a great way for libraries to encourage reading and get more people to utilize their local library.”
Local libraries receiving grants included: Chester Public Library, Red Bud CUD #132, Red Bud Public Library and Sparta Public Library, all for $4,900.00; and Steeleville Area Public Library District for $4,000.00.
For more on the “Back to Books” grants, please see this week’s print edition.