Three Kane County Communities Awarded Funding for Public Library Services and Literacy Efforts

State Media Release / Kane County Connects Staff 8/31/2023 1:00PM

​In support of libraries, education and lifelong learning, the State has  awarded over $21.4 million in grants for library services and over $5.7 million in adult literacy grants for local literacy programs to more than 140 Illinois recipients.

The projects receiving grants met the following criteria:

• Support educational mentoring programs that engage students in active learning.

• Fund online catalogs and provide resources aimed at narrowing the digital divide.

• Provide educational and training opportunities for library staff.

• Train volunteers who tutor older teens and adults in basic reading, math, writing and language skills.

• Enhance family literacy programs for parents and children that focus on basic reading, math, writing and language skills.

• Provide workplace literacy programming to employees of Illinois businesses.

• Allow access to news and reading materials for those who are vision impaired or have other physical limitations.

• Expand free statewide sharing and delivery of materials between libraries and patrons.

The following programs from Kane County were among the awardees:

Aurora: Dominican Literacy Center 

Adult Volunteer Literacy,  $50,000.00

Elgin: The Literacy Connection 

Adult Volunteer Literacy, $80,485.00

Family Literacy,  $50,000.00

YWCA Elgin working with children ages 0-2 years 

Family Literacy,  $50,000.00

YWCA Elgin working with children ages 2-5 years 

Family Literacy,  $50,000.00

St. Charles:  Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley

Adult Volunteer Literacy $43,960.00

Tags: Community Community Involvement Education Families
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