KANKAKEE – Four local libraries in the 40th Senate District will receive nearly $170,000 in combined grants to grow and enhance their services, thanks to support from State Senator Patrick Joyce.

“Many folks rely on their local libraries, as they provide books, host events and have other essential resources available to the public,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “When we invest in our libraries, we are investing in our community to provide residents with the best possible tools for success and community engagement.”

Four area libraries are set to receive a total of $169,531 to enhance community literacy, improve library services and upgrade current technology to ensure they are providing the best services to their residents.

The following libraries in the 40th District will receive funds:

  • Prairie State College: $74,113
  • Kankakee Community College: $68,108
  • Bradley Public Library: $15,360
  • Bourbonnais Public Library: $11,950

“We are excited to receive a Project Next Generation Grant to expand our youth programming with engineering, coding and robotics activities for middle school students and makerspace activities including 3D and sublimation printing for teens,” said Jodie DePatis, Director of Bradley Public Library. “We appreciate Senator Joyce’s support of library grant programs that allow us to bring much needed resources and educational programs to our community.”

For more information about Illinois State Library grant programs, click here.