Rep. Ryan Spain Announces School Library Grants

PEORIA… State Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) announced over $17,000 will be awarded to 73rd District school libraries in the coming weeks from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office as part of the School District Library Grant Program.

“School libraries are an important resource for students and educators and I am very happy to see this funding go to benefit students in our area,” said Rep. Ryan Spain in response to the grant announcement.

School districts that applied for the grant are awarded at least $750 to improve their library services.  This program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for students at public schools in Illinois.  The state legislature has authorized up to $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools.  The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly and the official enrollment as of the previous September 30th of a school district.

“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White.  “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program for libraries, and I am pleased that we can continue to provide them with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

73rd District Public Schools to receive the funds are as follows: Bradford CUSD #1 ($750.00), Illinois Valley Central Unit District #321 ($1,482.75), Metamora Township High School District #122 ($750.00), Dunlap CUSD #323 ($3,358.50), Peoria Public School District #150 ($8,988.75), Princeville CUSD #326 ($750.00), Midland CUSD #7 ($750.00), and Stark County CUSD #100 ($750.00).