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NAPERVILLE – Families across the 21st District will soon be able to enjoy upgrades to services at their local libraries as a result of almost $330,000 in state grants, announced State Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville).

“Libraries provide so many necessary services to local families,” Ellman said. “The resources we give to our libraries, they put back into our communities tenfold.”

The $330,000 in grants received by five 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 pleased to know that our libraries will be receiving the investment they deserve and that they will continue to be invaluable resources to our communities,” Ellman said.

The following libraries will receive funds:

  • Naperville Public Library, $217,487
  • Warrenville Public Library District, $19,987
  • Wheaton Public Library, $78,018
  • Winfield Public Library, $14,484

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