By TESA GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — C.E. Brehm Memorial Library will be receiving a grant of $38,966.43 from the state Library Per Capita and Equalization grant fund.
The funds are distributed by Secretary of State Jesse White, in his capacity as State Librarian. Total grants awarded throughout the state total $11.9 million going to 511 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.
“I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to our citizens and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.”
According to information from White, the Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law and helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants help certain public libraries that have a low library tax base, and ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.
Other area libraries who will be receiving grant funds include McCoy Memorial Library in McLEansboro, which will receive $2,962.71; Centralia Regional Library District which will receive $29,937.50; Nashville Public Library, which will receive $3,348.08; Benton Public Library District, which will receive $13,001.83; and Fairfield Public Library, which will receive $5,296.51.