library 082521ELGIN – Gail Borden Public Library and Schaumburg Township District Library will be receiving grants from the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State to help them recover from the ongoing pandemic and expand their services thanks to support from State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin).

“I’m proud to see these two libraries receiving this grant at such a critical time,” Castro said. “From teaming with my office to host events like job fairs and vaccine clinics to putting on virtual story times for families, they are both important fixtures in our community.”

The Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin received $25,187 and Schaumburg Township District Library received $18,229 of the nearly $6 million total in grants being awarded by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White to libraries across Illinois.

The purpose of these grants is to allow libraries to develop resources for their local job seekers, expand digital inclusion efforts and ensure all operations can be provided safely and effectively as the pandemic continues.

“We are so pleased that Senator Castro and other state legislators as well as the governor for helping fund this grant program,” said Denise Raleigh, Division Chief of Public Relations and Development at Gail Borden Public Library. “We appreciate their wise decision to enable us as libraries to use this investment to impact our communities in such positive ways – adding literacy resources, access to the Internet and other assistance services, and providing needed programs.”  

For a full list of libraries receiving a grant, click here.