Local libraries receive money to focus on pandemic recovery

Jesse White Awards Nearly $6 Million to Libraries Focused on Pandemic Recovery.
Jesse White Awards Nearly $6 Million to Libraries Focused on Pandemic Recovery.(WCAX)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 12:33 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday that he has awarded nearly $6 million to libraries focused on responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying services, transforming spaces and developing resources for their local recovering workforce. This includes local libraries in Macomb, Mendon, Mount Sterling and Rushville.

According to the Secretary of State, Macomb’s Community Unit School District 185 library received $24,035; Mendon’s Four Star Public Library was awarded $5,830; Mount Sterling’s Brown County Community School District 1 library received $10,000; and Rushville Public Library received $29,570.

“During the ongoing pandemic, libraries have had to retool their services to match the needs of the community, and I am honored to be able to provide funding to allow these libraries to expand access to their patrons,” White said. “I applaud the library community in Illinois for their hard work as they continue to provide essential services during this challenging time.”

A total of $5,740,350 funded 211 academic, school, special and public libraries, all of which received grants ranging from $5,000 to more than $1 million. A combination of funding sources provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), both from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and state technology funds were used to maximize the statewide impact.

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