Northern area school libraries awarded $16K from state

By Thomas Vershelde

DeKALB | Seven northern Illinois school districts recently received state funding in the form of the School District Library Program for use in their school libraries, including DeKalb and Sycamore districts.

A total of $16,000 was awarded to libraries in the northern Illinois area. Statewide, $1.4 million was awarded from state grants.

Roger Scott, assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction of the Dekalb School District, said that they plan to spend the money on site licenses, annual subscriptions and online textbooks.

“With library programs changing to more electronic resources and improved technology to support student learning, state grants like the School District Library Program are helpful,” Scott said.

Deb Kreutziger, librarian at Sycamore High School, 555 Spartan Trail, said that the money they received will be used towards books, videos and Accelerated Reader Tests.

“It is critical for students to have access to a vast variety of books to promote learning, support areas of interest and develop reading skills to encourage life long recreational readers,” Kreutziger said.

Sarah Mumm, Director of Educational Services K-5 for Kaneland School District, said grant funding is important due to local budgets being cut.

“We believe it is imperative that children at every age have access to as many books as our school libraries and public libraries can support,” said Mike Verbic, Dekalb School Board President.




• DeKalb School District – $4,380

• Genoa-Kingston School District – $1,426

• Hiawatha School District – $440

• Indian Creek School District – $619

• Kaneland School District – $4,798

• Sandwich School District – $1,802

• Sycamore School District – $2,803