Byline: James Evans Daily Herald Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD - Dozens of West and Northwest suburban libraries will receive money to upgrade computers and technology as part of a $3.1 million statewide grant program.
More than 800 libraries statewide will receive grants, which also will help libraries develop online networks between libraries and convert special and historical collections to digital formats to make them more accessible to patrons.
The grants are part of the Educate and Automate Program, which provides $19.4 million a year for library technology, literacy classes and technology in the secretary of state's office. The grant program is paid for with a portion of fees the office receives for copies of driving records and other services.
Here's a list of the Northwest suburban libraries that will receive grants:
Arlington Heights: Northwest Community Hospital's Health Resource Library - $3,825 for workstations
Elk Grove Village: Alexian Brothers Medical Center's Medical Library - $3,507 for workstations/printers.
Hoffman Estates: St. Hubert School - $2,000 for telecommunications/networking; $5,000 for work stations/printers.
Palatine Township High School District 211: Fremd High School Library - $5,697 for workstations/printers
Rolling Meadows: Rolling Meadows Library - $1,224 for workstations/printers.
Streamwood: Poplar Creek Public Library District - $4,931 for telecommunications/networking; $7,899 for workstations/printers.
Wheeling: North Suburban Library System - $100,000 for digitizing.
Here's a list of the Lake County libraries that will receive grants:
Libertyville: Cook Memorial Public Library District - $13,017 for workstations/printers. …