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Libraries Selected

June 17th, 2011

Sixty-five Illinois public libraries have each been chosen to receive almost $4,000 worth of equipment, hardware and software to help businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities create new economic growth opportunities.  The “Business and Libraries: Working Together” technology packages are the result of a $300,000 grant to the State Library from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).   Items provided to libraries include a laptop computer with Microsoft Office Suite; projector; screen; DVD player; camcorder with tripod; 2 audio headsets with microphones; DVDs for OSHA required training in both English and Spanish; Business Plan Pro, Sales and Marketing Pro, and Adobe Acrobat software; Acrobat training materials; jump drives; and books on starting and growing business. Participants were selected on the basis of the local unemployment rate, poverty level, proximity to a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SCORE or other business organization, and statewide geographic distribution.
The sixty-five libraries receiving packages are:

Acorn Public Library District, Oak Forest
Alpha Park Public Library, Bartonvile
Bellwood Public Library
Bensenville Community Public Library District
Berwyn Public Library
Bloomington Public Library
Bradley Public Library District
Brookfield Public Library
Cahokia Public Library District
Cairo Public Library
Charleston Carnegie Public Library
Chatsworth Township Library
Cherry Valley Public Library District
Chicago Public Library-West Englewood Branch
Cortland Community Library
Crystal Lake Public Library
Decatur Public Library
Du Quoin Public Library
Earlville Library District
Eldorado Memorial Public Library
Elmwood Park Public Library
Evans Public Library, Vandalia
Evergreen Park Public Library
Farmington Area  Library District
Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District, Rochelle
Fondulac District Library, East Peoria
Frank Bertetti Benld Public Library
Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin
Galesburg Public Library
Gilman-Danforth District Library
Grande Prairie Public Library, Hazel Crest
Greater West Central PLD-Augusta Branch
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Public Library
Harrisburg Public Library District
Harvard Diggins Public Library
Hillsboro Public Library
Joliet Public Library
LaSalle Public Library
Lillie M. Evans Library District, Princeville
Manteno Public Library District
Marion Carnegie Library
Marshall Public Library
Mascoutah Public Library
Maywood Public Library District
Moline Public Library
Morton Public Library District
Mount Carroll Township Public Library
Newman Regional Library District
Niles Public Library District
North Suburban Library District, Loves Park
Paris Carnegie Public Library
Paxton Carnegie Library
Peoria Public Library
Reddick Public Library District
Sallie Logan Public Library, Murphysboro
Schaumburg Township District Library
St. Charles Public Library District
Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago
Sycamore Public Library
Talcott Free Library, Rockton
Towanda District Library
West Chicago Public Library District
West Frankfort Public Library
Westville Public Library District
Wilmington Public Library District

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