MANLIUS — Bureau Valley High School’s library will be able to purchase $4,522 worth of books to update and expand the nonfiction titles in the high school library.
District Librarian Sharon Peterson received the grant award via the Illinois State Library through the Back to Books program administered by Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.
Peterson said, “Bureau Valley was extremely fortunate that the Illinois State Library awarded our library a grant of $4,522 to purchase much needed nonfiction books for our students. These print materials will update and enhance our nonfiction research collection. Many of our popular research titles and topics were becoming outdated. New topics need to be added to our collection.
“This grant will have a great impact on our students’ research. Freshmen and sophomore students doing research papers will have greater access to materials immediately from our library shelves rather than having to wait for materials to arrive through interlibrary loan. As we add these titles to PrairieCat, they will be shared with other libraries within our library system. Everybody wins,” she said.
Through the Back to Books program, the state has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 230 Illinois libraries to acquire fiction and/or nonfiction books, learning CDs, DVDs, and other educational materials.
Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 per library and are made possible by a combination of funds from the Federal Institute of Museum and State of Illinois library funds.
A complete listing of libraries that received grants is available at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/news/2013/april/130416d4.pdf.