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Benton Library awarded construction grant

Benton News staff report
updated: 5/31/2018 6:29 PM

Illinois Secretary of State and state librarian Jesse White has awarded funds to the Benton Public Library for improvements.

In a news release issued last week, White said the Benton Public Library will receive $6,395 for the installation of power-assisted exterior entry doors and interior restroom doors to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

The funding is part of a total $724,424 in Live and Learn Construction grants made to 15 public libraries in Illinois to help pay for improvements.

"Our public libraries are the cornerstones of our communities," White said. "l am pleased to award these grants through the Illinois State Library to help maintain the infrastructure of our public libraries so that they remain the best information resource centers available to citizens."