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Area libraries receive state grants

Ottawa, Streator libraries receive most money

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced $15.4 million was given to 630 public libraries through the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants

Some services provided through these grants include: free internet access, books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks, interlibrary loan services, reference services such as homework assistance, social media tools, book clubs, multicultural programming and translation services, special programs for senior citizens such as tax return assistance, voter registration and organ/tissue donor drive services.

Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law for public libraries, which allows resources for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Grants received by Times area libraries:

Reddick (Ottawa): $30,377.50
Streator: $17,137.50
Peru: $12,868.75
La Salle: $12,011.75
Marseilles: $6,367.50
Rowe (Sheridan): $5,437.50
Oglesby: $5,113.75
Utica: $3,737.50
Earlville: $3,476.25
Flanagan: $2,042.50
Toluca: $1,767.50
Bond (Wenona): $1,320 ($2,690.12 in Equalization Aid Grant)
Lostant: $1,140

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