Grants & awards

The library has earned multiple grants and awards over the years. Our primary source of grant opportunities is the Illinois State Library.

Annual Per Capita Grant

Every October we apply for a state grant based on our population size. The board and staff decide each year to which special projects these funds will be devoted.

In 2013 we were awarded $59,977.76, which was spent on an e-resources marketing campaign, an Early Literacy Internship, digitization of library materials, the first stage of our Early Learning Center and replacing CD shelving on the third floor.

In past years the Per Capita Grant has been used for the library newsletter, portable scanning equipment, filming select library programs for local cable, translating services, and staff training.

Library Journal Index, 2013 

We received three stars in this national rating of public libraries. The stars are given for success in programming, library visits, public computer usage, and circulation. In 2013 the community borrowed over 1.2 million items from the library, and made over 500,000 library visits!

Back to the Books, 2013 

Award: $4,000

We spent these funds on books for our World Language collections, particularly in the area of citizenship study and learning English as a second language.

Special Families Need Special Libraries, 2008 

Award: $13,517

Library staff wrote this grant for a year-long project entitled "Special Families Need Special Libraries." We used the grant to increase awareness of autism and add materials, including books, magazines and DVDs, of interest to families affected by autism. We trained to understand and better serve the special needs of children and adults on the spectrum.