library 082521ROCKFORD – Patrons of North Suburban and Rockford Public Library Districts will soon see upgrades to services thanks to more than $325,000 in grants, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) announced Wednesday.

“Libraries are valuable resources for many who need the resources, technology, and educational opportunities they provide,” Stadelman said. “During a time of increased reliance on technology for work, school and everyday life, libraries really stepped up to help – especially for people who have less access to high speed internet and other resources at home.”

The $329,308.51 received by two local library districts 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. 

“More funding means better services provided by these libraries,” Stadelman said. “This investment will allow our libraries to provide even more opportunities for local residents.”

The following libraries in the district Stadelman represents will receive funds:

  • Loves Park – North Suburban Public Library District - $103,823.78
  • Rockford Public Library District - $225,484,73

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