DeKalb County schools got a slice of the $1.2 million in grants Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White recently distributed to Illinois schools.
More than $8,600 was awarded to local schools through the 2020 School District Library Grant Program.
DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 received $4,698. Sycamore Community Unit School District 427 received $2,756. Genoa-Kingston Community Unit School District 424 received $1,212.
The school library grants were awarded based on a formula of 75 cents per student, with a $750 minimum per school.
White, a former public school teacher and administrator, said he knows school libraries are important in helping students learn and preparing them for the future, according to a news release.
"Illinois was the first state to implement a school district grant program, and I'm pleased that we can continue to provide school libraries with some of the financial resources they need to produce well-educated students," White said.
School libraries can use the funds to acquire books, educational CDs and DVDs and library subscriptions to electronic resources and to improve their technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.