Springfield-area school libraries working together in Weed and Feed
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[OCT. 18, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois State Library has
awarded $40,000 to a grant written cooperatively by the librarians
from nine central Illinois school media centers and Lincoln Land
Community College. The Weed and Feed grant will provide financial
support for the replacement of outdated materials in the areas of
general knowledge, philosophy and psychology, natural sciences and
mathematics, and technology and medicine.
Serving student populations from pre-kindergarten through college
undergraduates, the 10 librarians will each evaluate and purchase
new materials in collaboration with local staff members. Each
library will receive $4,000.
The yearlong networking effort among the librarians in seven
Sangamon County public and private schools, one school in Menard
County, one school in Macoupin County, and Lincoln Land Community
College includes monthly staff development programs, mentoring
services and expanded online database training.
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All participating libraries are members in good standing of their
regional library systems: Chatham Elementary School, Christ the King
Elementary School, Lincoln Land Community College, Porta High
School, Rochester Elementary, Rochester Middle School, Rochester
High School and Williamsville High School in the Decatur-based
Rolling Prairie Library System; Girard CUSD in the
Edwardsville-based Lewis & Clark Library System; and Pleasant Plains
High School in the East Peoria-based Alliance Library System.