TWIN FALLS — Eight south-central Idaho elementary school libraries will receive grant money to buy new books and for other initiatives.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries announced Thursday it has awarded a total of $200,000 to 43 school libraries, with funding from the state legislature.

Each school will receive between $3,000 and $5,000.

Money will be used at 28 schools to buy books and change school policy to allow students to check out books to take home.

For 15 of the grant recipients, money will be used to buy books and keep its school library open during summer 2018.

“With book budgets that typically range from $100 to $1,000 per year and an average book cost of more than $17 each, the majority of Idaho’s public school libraries are unable to provide enough fiction and non-fiction books to meet the needs of Idaho’s students,” the commission said in a statement.

In total, the Idaho Commission for Libraries received 57 grant requests and funded 43 of them.

Here’s a list of the recipients:

School library access grant (school year):

Blaine County School District: Alturas Elementary School, $5,000; Carey School, $5,000

Popplewell Elementary School (Buhl): $5,000

Rupert Elementary School: $5,000

Sawtooth Elementary School (Twin Falls): $5,000

School library access grant (summer 2018):

Raft River Elementary School (Malta): $5,000

Filer Elementary School: $5,000

Murtaugh Elementary School: $5,000

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