LibraryCHAMPAIGN – Children and families in Champaign and Vermilion County can look forward to upgraded services and programs at their local libraries thanks to more than $275,000 in grants, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Thursday.

“Champaign and Vermilion Counties are home to some of the best libraries in the nation, and this funding will enhance the services and programs available to our community,” Bennett said. “From providing books for children to ensuring access to computers for adults, it’s imperative that we ensure libraries continue to have ample resources.”

The $287,000 received by nine 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 Bennett represents will receive funds:

    • Champaign Public Library, $119,556
    • Rantoul Public Library, $19,087
    • Urbana Free Library, $60,843
    • Catlin Public Library District, $4,867
    • Danville Public Library, $48,714
    • Georgetown Public Library, $5,124
    • Oakwood Public Library District, $9,066
    • Elwood Library District, $2,429
    • Westville Public Library District, $18,436

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

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