At-risk Youth Grants Awarded to Peoria, Bartonville Libraries

Jul 25, 2019

Some greater Peoria libraries can extend their after-school programs for at-risk youth thanks to new grants. 

The Peoria Public Library's main branch.
Credit WCBU News

The Alpha Park Public Library District in Bartonville and the Peoria Public Library have been awarded Project Next Generation grants totaling $31-thousand. 

Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) announced the awards Thursday. The funds, awarded by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, are given to support public library mentorship and educational programming in low-income and underserved areas.

“Giving at-risk kids the opportunity to learn valuable skills in a safe environment can only serve to improve our communities,” Koehler said in a written release.

The Alpha Park Public Library District will receive $18,500. The Peoria Public Library gains $12,500. Both districts received similar amounts in 2018. 

The local grants are part of $460-thousand awarded statewide. They are financed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.