Bradley, Kankakee libraries get grant money

September 5, 2018

Daily Journal staff and wire report

CHICAGO — More than two dozen libraries across Illinois, including the Bradley Public Library and the Kankakee Public Library, will receive grants to teach middle and high school students how to use the latest technology.

Secretary of State Jesse White, who also serves as the state librarian, announced the $525,000 in Project Next Generation grants. The Bradley library will get $27,000 in funding, and Kankakee will receive $17,000.

The program provides funding for libraries to offer after-school programs with access to computers, software and other technology. Mentors are hired to help students.

White says the program, which is aimed at helping at-risk students, also teaches life skills such as goal setting, conflict resolution and effective communication. The grants are awarded to libraries that serve low-income and culturally diverse populations.

Among other libraries to receive money are those located in Carbondale, Chicago, Decatur, Joliet, Moline, Peoria and Sparta.