Area Libraries Awarded State Grant Funds Totaling Nearly $100K

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews || Updated: 5/9/18

Featured image: Maywood Public Library | File

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced today that libraries across the state — including those serving Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood and Melrose Park — were allocated state grants to help purchase critical resources.

The state grants, called Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants, allow local libraries to purchase numerous resources such as “materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology,” according to a statement released on April 24 by the Secretary of State officials.

“Equalization Aid Grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services,” according to the statement.

For fiscal year 2018, White allocated a total of $15.4 million in equalization grants to 630 public libraries serving nearly 12 million people.

Libraries in Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood and Melrose Park were allocated a combined total of $95,631.

The Bellwood Public Library was awarded $23,839, the Broadview Public Library was awarded $9,915, the Maywood Public Library was awarded $30,113 and the Melrose Park Public Library was awarded $31,764.

According to Maywood library officials, the state funds have not actually been transferred to the library’s account yet and likely won’t be until sometime in 2019.

“I am proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said in the statement. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.” VFP 

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