Rep. Parkhurst Announces School Library Grants Issued by State Library

Kankakee, IL – State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announced today the School District Library Grant Program through the Illinois State Library issued grants to school districts throughout the 79th District.

“Libraries provide overwhelming support to the education of students in our schools,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “I am happy to see continued support for our students from the State Library.”

The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools. The grant award is based on funds appropriated by the General Assembly and the official enrollment of a school District as of the previous September 30th.

“As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our school libraries are very important in helping students learn and prepare themselves for the future,” said Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White. “Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program for libraries, and I am pleased that we can continue to provide them with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students.”

Schools in the 79th District were issued grant money totaling over $12,000 to support school district libraries. The grant monies will be processed by the Secretary of State office next week. For a list of 79th District Libraries receiving grants, please contact my office at 815-523-7779 or