CHICAGO – Five local school districts will receive more than $8,000 combined in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant program, State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) announced Wednesday.

The grants, which are issued by the Illinois State Library, are meant to help public schools offer more library books and materials to students.

“These grants will provide many additional learning materials to the deserving school districts,” Jones said. “It’s sad to say, but libraries are often overlooked and underfunded so these funds will be beneficial to increasing our students reading skills.”

Schools receiving school library grants include:

  • Atwood Heights School District 125, Alsip — $750
  • Alsip, Hazelgreen & Oak Lawn School District 126 — $1,128.75
  • Cook County School District 130, Blue Island — $2,396.25
  • Forest Ridge School District 142, Oak Forest — $1,189.50
  • Kirby School District 140, Tinley Park — $2,557.50
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