Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded more than $670,000 in "Another Back To Books" grants to libraries across the State of Illinois. These grants are earmarked to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, learning CDs and DVDs, and other educational materials.

Some of the area libraries receiving grants include:

  • Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Allied Health - $4,500
  • Bushnell-Prairie City CUSD #170 - $4,608
  • Carthage Public Library District - $4,000
  • Colchester District Library - $5,000

Libraries submitted applications specifying the types of books and other materials they would purchase if they received funding. Awards are funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.