Grants to help libraries fund operations

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ILLINOIS (WAND) – Several central Illinois libraries will benefit from over $300,000 in state grants.

The several dozen libraries claiming money announced by State Sen. Andy Manar include Decatur, Harristown, Hillsboro, Assumption, Blue Mound and several others. Lincoln Public Library in Springfield will take the highest amount of money in a $145,312.50 Per Capita grant.

The Decatur Public Library is taking in $95,152.50 in grant money.

Other high grant awards include the Taylorville Public Library ($14,057.50) and the Litchfield Public Library District ($11,240). All other grant awards are below $10,000.

“Public libraries are the heart of many of the communities I represent in Springfield,” Manar said. “I am pleased that Secretary of State Jesse White has chosen to support them in this way.”

The idea behind the Per Capita grants is to make sure libraries have the resources they need to pay for workers, equipment, technology and other important parts of their operations.

Money from Per Capita and Equalization Aid resources paid for over $15 million in statewide library help this year.

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