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Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham

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Updated: April 10, 2014 6:13AM



Four libraries and two schools in state Sen. Bill Cunningham’s district will receive grants from the Illinois State Library to buy fiction and nonfiction books and other materials, according to a press release from Cunningham’s office.

“The Back to Books program provides vital funds to schools and libraries that often don’t have access to get new materials,” Cunningham, D-18th, said in the release. “This is just the shot in the arm these community centers need.”

The program is an initiative from Secretary of State Jessie White’s office funded by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the state’s library funds, the release said.

The schools and libraries will be able to spend the funds on books, large print books, audio books, graphic novels and educational CDs or DVDs. All of the grant funds must be spent on materials, the release said.

The Chicago Ridge Public Library, the Oak Lawn Public Library, Oak Lawn Community High School District No. 218 and the Evergreen Park Public Library all got $5,000 grants, while Marist High School in Chicago got a grant for $4,992, and the Orland Park Public Library got one for $3,373, according to the release.

Staff report



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