Sample Press Release

NEWS RELEASE
From: [Library Name]
Contact: [Name, phone, e-mail]
[DATE HERE]

LONE STAR LIBRARIES GRANT FUNDS IMPROVEMENTS
FOR [LIBRARY NAME] PATRONS

[CITY, Texas]—[YOUR LIBRARY HERE] patrons may notice we’ve added some new [BOOKS, COMPUTERS, IMPROVEMENTS, PROGRAMS], thanks to a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

[LIBRARY] received [$00,000] from the commission’s Lone Star Libraries program, which channels funds directly to Texas public libraries. These flexible funds supplement local funding sources and allow public libraries to offer a higher level of service to patrons of all ages.

“Because of this grant, we can buy x number of books, hire a part-time program director, install five new computers … [REPLACE OR REVISE WITH QUOTE OF YOUR CHOICE], says Library Director [NAME],
The Texas State Legislature began providing Lone Star Libraries grant funds in 2002. The commission has distributed $XX million in funds to Texas public libraries to date; for fiscal year 2011, $6 million in funds were distributed to 541 accredited public libraries statewide.
Libraries may use these funds in whatever ways they choose to meet their communities’ needs.

“Local librarians are in the best position to know what their communities need,” says commission Director and Librarian Peggy D. Rudd. “These local leaders make decisions that result from sound community needs assessment and thoughtful evaluation of library capacity, ensuring that Loan Star Libraries funds are spent in alignment with long-range goals and objectives. This partnership between the State of Texas and local governments has resulted in significant improvements to library programs and services for all Texans.”

[More about your library’s achievements, services, hours of operation, etc.].

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