LSTA Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2003
Special Project Grants
North Richland Hills Public Library $20,960
The “Libros Para Todos” project will provide new services to the rapidly growing community of Spanish-speaking residents by building accessible, popular, and useful multi-format collections of Spanish-language materials of interest to the whole family; by marketing its collection and services throughout the Hispanic community; and by adding Spanish-language storytime programs to the library’s Summer Reading Program. This is part of a broader library initiative to better serve this segment of the population.
Denton Public Library $36,114
Third-year grant. The “Books-to-Share” project provides services to preschool children in day care centers. Services include storytime programs presented at the day care centers, circulating storytime kits, training for day care teachers, and a family literacy program encouraging parents to read to children at home.
Dallas Public Library $57,451
This project will create a Teen Center within the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library. The Teen Center will provide opportunities for teens to participate in a number of activities, including interview training, job fairs, issues forum, hands-on assistance with college and scholarship applications, creative writing, public speaking, web design, arts, and an opportunity to serve the MLK community in an advisory capacity.
El Progreso Memorial Library (Uvalde) $60,000
The “Services for Seniors” project will use an Outreach Services Coordinator and volunteers to provide delivery of library services to the homebound and to those living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. In addition, the project will offer an expanded Spanish- and English-language collection and monthly programs targeted to this age group.
Longview Public Library $39,755
Second-year grant. This project has introduced a range of library services into a highly-used recreation center. The library provides staff, resource materials, computer training for children and adults, storytimes, access to the library’s catalog, and special programming, including the Texas Reading Club and a monthly Super Science Saturday series.
Arlington Public Library $23,464
Third-year grant. The “Read It Again” project provides services to child care providers, including reading readiness kits, training workshops and videos, and information on available library resources and services. Services and materials are available in both English and Spanish.
Frisco Public Library $12,256
The “Senior Outreach Program” will provide a rotating collection of books and audiobooks to a senior center, delivery of library services to residents of nursing homes and to homebound users, programs such as book reviews, book discussion groups, and trivia games at three senior facilities, and basic computer and Internet training at the senior center.
General Libraries, UT Austin $77,513
The purpose of this project is to create a virtual reference service within the University of Texas System. Staffed collaboratively by component library staff, the virtual reference service will use chat and email functions to connect professional reference librarians at UT System component campuses with distance education students with information needs.
HAM-TMC Library $63,984
Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library’s “Instruccion de la Salud para las Familias: Health Literacy for Families” project, a collaborative endeavor involving the Harris County Public Library (HCPL), HAM-TMC Library, and the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, will facilitate access to Spanish-language health education and information through Spanish-language health literacy programs, Spanish-language consumer health books and expansion of the Spanish-language portion of the HAM-TMC Library consumer health Web page.
Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library $75,000
The Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library and the Zula B. Wylie Library (Cedar Hill) will enter into a consortial arrangement involving a shared automation system, reciprocal borrowing privileges, shared cataloging and training, courier service, and shared library services.
Euless Public Library $33,503
In the “Your Library Connects You to the World” project, the Euless Public Library will collaborate with the Oakwood Terrace Elementary School Library to expand services to an underserved community with a large minority and immigrant population through a mini-library established in the Twin Bridge Apartment complex.