LINCOLNWOOD, IL — Lincolnwood Public Library is one of more than 200 libraries in Illinois to receive funding to focus on responding directly to the COVID-19 pandemic by making service modifications, developing new workforce resources and rearranging their spaces. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the grants Thursday.
“During the ongoing pandemic, libraries have had to retool their services to match the needs of the community and I am honored to be able to provide funding to allow these libraries to expand access to their patrons,” White said in a statement. “I applaud the library community in Illinois for their hard work as they continue to provide essential services during this challenging time.”
Lincolnwood Public Library is set to receive $24,400.
A total of $5.74 million in funding was provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act and Library Services and Technology Act, while the Institute of Museum and Library Services and state technology funds were also used to maximize the money's effects, according to White's office.
Grants were awarded under three categories:
The vast majority of the funding — just over $4.2 million awarded to 134 libraries — went to the "On the Road to Recovery: Transforming Library Spaces" projects.
According to the secretary of state's office, such programs " focus on academic, public, school and special libraries that prioritize health and safety while focusing on restoration of the library’s capacity to operate and offer clean, safe library spaces while preventing the spread of COVID-19."
Another 47 libraries got grants for "Expanding Digital Inclusion — Transforming Library Services," which consisted of about $810,000 in projects focused on "restoring services and enhancing digital inclusion efforts," such as distribution of internet hotspots, laptops and other devices.
And 30 libraries received about $731,000 in projects focused on employment resources through the "Bouncing Back from the Pandemic — Developing Resources for the Local Workforce" grants, which provided for job training and other services.