holmes 010824AURORA – State Senator Linda Holmes announced six school districts in the Aurora area have received more than $64,000 to provide resources to libraries through books, e-books, audiobooks, periodicals, multilingual materials, technology and programs.

“Our school libraries require the resources necessary for students to fulfill their educational goals,” said Holmes (D-Aurora). “The General Assembly funds these grants each year, and I look forward to seeing how these dollars will be applied and what enhanced resources our libraries can add to their present offerings.”

Based on a statutory formula, school districts receive $0.885 per student enrolled at each school with a qualified library. The Illinois General Assembly appropriates annual funding for the School District Library Grant Program through the General Reserve Fund for this purpose.

The following school districts in Holmes’ district received a total of $64,295:

  • Geneva Community Unit School District 304 - $4,352
  • Oswego CUSD 308 - $14,427
  • Saint Charles CUSD 303 - $9,945
  • Batavia CUSD 101 - $4,299
  • Aurora West Community Unit School District 129 - $9,229
  • Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 - $22,040

The grants will support school library services for over 1 million students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade across the state.

“Our state is preserving our libraries’ resources and services that expand learning opportunities for our students,” Holmes said. “This is a much-needed boost to area schools’ libraries as key players alongside public libraries in community education.”

For a full list of libraries that received funding, visit the Secretary of State’s website.