Local library districts will be receiving the annual Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants, and in most cases, having to stretch those dollars further. Taking into consideration census numbers and less funding per person, grants amounts are down this year, with a total of $11.9 million being doled out to 620 public libraries statewide.
Bernadette Duvernoy, PR Director at Alton's Hayner public Library District, says while funding is lower that in the past, the public shouldn't notice any changes. One of the most visible products of the funding is the newsletter.
Jerseyville Public Library Director Anita Driver says they use the money to prop up some of their more popular offerings.
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White Jesse White says Illinois' public libraries serve almost 12 million people.
Alton- Hayner Public Library District $50,633.04
Bethalto- Bethalto Public Library District $16,231.61
Brighton- Brighton Memorial Public Library $2,311.48
Brussels- South County Public Library District $1,371.09
Bunker Hill- Bunker Hill Public Library District $4,378.89
Carlinville- Carlinville Public Library $6,067.88
East Alton- East Alton Public Library District $12,490.59
Granite City- Six Mile Regional Library District $44,872.80