BUFFALO GROVE – Three area libraries will receive nearly $240,000 in grants to help expand services and offer new products to residents, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) announced WednesdaySummer Reading.

“In the increasingly digital world we live in, libraries can be a lifeline to students, job seekers, low-income families and more,” Johnson said. “By supporting their work, we’re building a bright future for our kids and our community.”

Three libraries in the 30th District will receive a combined $239,992.83, 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. 

“Public libraries offer more than just books. They host events, run summer programs and establish a sense of community,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to see this funding turn into even more opportunities for local kids and families to develop a love for literacy.”

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

  • Vernon Area Public Library District, $60,556.13
  • North Chicago Public Library, $48,046.65
  • Waukegan Public Library, $131,390.05

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