LibraryGLENVIEW – Families across Cook County will soon be able to enjoy upgraded services at their local libraries thanks to more than $257,000 in grants, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) announced Thursday.

“Our local libraries are an incredible resource for people of all ages, and I can’t wait to see the upgrades that come from this funding,” Senator Fine said. “Whether you’re working remotely, taking classes virtually or simply reading a book for pleasure, libraries can open the door to endless opportunities.”

The $257,000 received by six local libraries is part of $18.1 million in grants awarded to 638 public libraries across the state. For more than 40 years, the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Program has helped public libraries with a low library tax base to ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Libraries will use the grants from the secretary of state’s office to help fund new services and products, such as audiobooks, adult programming, dual language materials and more.

“I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to all residents,” Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White said. “I truly believe libraries are cornerstones of our communities, and I am pleased to provide this increased funding to help them serve the public.”

The following libraries in the district Senator Fine represents will receive funds:
o Evanston Public Library, $109,866
o Glencoe Public Library, $12,866
o Glenview Public Library, $65,920
o Kenilworth Public Library District, $3,706
o Wilmette Public Library District, $39,953
o Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District, $25,601

For more information on the grants, people can visit the secretary of state’s website.

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