Homewood-Flossmoor High School has been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Illinois State Library for the purchase of print, non-fiction history books, thanks to a grant proposal headed up by the school's librarians: Jane Harper and Kathy Tisoncik.
The grant — offered through the Back to Books program — is funded with a combination of state dollars and federal Library Services and Technical Act funds, awarded to the Illinois State Library by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. With the grant, the librarians say they plan to purchase print books to update the school's collection in several areas of world and U.S. history. The chosen books will be from a variety of reading and interest levels to accommodate students at all academic levels.
"The enthusiasm of our faculty is contagious at H-F, as hundreds of students use the library for history research," says Harper. "This grant allows us to add to the good books we already own to create an up-to-date, inclusive collection that will truly support all of our students."
The H-FHigh School Library — located in the school's South Building — is one of the hubs of the school. It is home to more than 35,000 items, with approximately 15,000 items circulating each year. Approximately 70 classes visit the library each month during the school year, and the library is open before and after school for student and staff use. Staffed by professional librarians, the library also features 23 subscription databases and hundreds of ebooks.
Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 is a three-time National Blue Ribbon award-winning school and an IB World School. The campus is located at 999 Kedzie Avenue in Flossmoor, Ill. For more information, call or click: hfhighschool.org, 708-799-3000.