Schools and districts in which 20 percent of the families have incomes below the poverty line can apply for their share of $19.8 million offered through the U.S. Department of Education to improve literacy through school libraries. Schools can use these funds to purchase and use technology that increases information literacy, information retrieval, and critical thinking skills. The money also can be used to facilitate the sharing of internet links and resources among schools and school libraries, as well as for professional development activities. The deadline is estimated to be April 19 but could change.

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