Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2014

Texas Reads Grants: recipients | program information
Impact Grants: recipients | program information
TexTreasures Grants: recipients | program information
Library Cooperation Grants: recipients | program information
Special Projects Grants: recipients | program information

see also FY2013FY2012 | FY2011 | FY2010 | FY2009 | FY2003 | FY2002 | FY2001

Texas Reads Grants — FY 2014

Arlington Public Library System — Books for Babies: $3,000
Arlington Public Library will provide a Books for Babies project that will allow the library to reach children at birth by distributing invitations to the mothers of all newborns while in hospital. The invitation will include story times and information on library locations and services including the My First Library Card program, Frequent User Card benefits, and a library card application.

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library — BEE a Reader: $2,000
BEE a Reader will be a year-long series of events involving book clubs for different age levels — History Lovers, Book-to-Movie, Teen, Kids Read 2. The grant will fund author visits and speakers as part of the program.

Cedar Park Public Library — Teen Book Club: $1,630
Cedar Park Public Library will continue its Teen Book Club program which encourages teens to read for pleasure by hosting book club events where authors facilitate discussion and dialogue.

Dickinson Public Library — Children's Summer Reading Program: $2,992
Dickinson will host its Summer Reading Program for school-age children based on the theme "Reading - Around the World." In each of eight weeks, the participants will "visit" a single country from each continent for a week full of programs, including story times, performers, crafts, finger plays, games, and songs.

Mesquite Public Library — Books for Babies Early Literacy Program: $3,000
The Mesquite Public Library System will implement Books for Babies, a literacy program that presents newborns and their parents with a kit containing a board book, brochures with reading tips and details about the importance of early literacy. Kits will be provided in English and Spanish and will be supplemented with information about library resources for young children, including family literacy programs and story times. Two family literacy programs will be presented to supplement and promote the program.

Nueces County Keach Family Library — Teenology: $3,000
Teenology is a program that aims to deepen young people’s engagement with the library, community organizations, and agencies, while offering ways in which youth can participate in various activities. The focus will be to increase teen participation, promote literacy, and educate them on how to keep a healthy body and mind through book talks, author spotlights, dance and workout demonstrations, counseling, tutoring, and other programming.

Rita and Truett Smith Public Library— Wylie Poetry Festival: $2,200
The Smith Public Library will plan and implement a Poetry Festival in April 2014. The festival will include workshops for tweens (grades 3-5), teens (grades 6-12) and adults (ages 18 and up). The workshops will be led by Texas Poet Laureates and other published poets.

Singletary Memorial Library — To Read or Not To Read: $3,000
Singletary will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) classes as an opportunity for the Hispanic community to expand their English conversational skills. The program will consist of 29 weeks of instruction by a certified ESL instructor.

Speer Memorial Library — Little Tykes: $3,000
Speer Memorial Library will provide board books to children who participate in its Little Tykes program. The children will keep the books so their parents can continue the family reading at home.

Tom Green County Library System — Together is Better!: $3,000
Together is Better! will create opportunities for children to read books in the environment where they are found, be it a shelter, doctors office, afterschool care, Headstart, Boys & Girls Club, etc. Each book will come with the incentive to read the book to another person. The three-month program will culminate in meeting author Suzanne Bloom in the Read to Me! March around the courthouse in April 2014.

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Impact Grants — FY 2014

Arlington Public Library System — Stories to Our Children: $10,000
The Arlington Public Library will provide a Stories to Our Children program to reinforce and celebrate the idea that parents are the first and most important teachers and role models to their children. Through the Stories to Our Children program, parents will be empowered to pen their own children's stories, written from life experiences, imagination, and the heart.

Austin Public Library — Storytime Connection : $9,994
The Austin Public Library will revise its Storytime Connection program, which provides parents and caregivers with the tools, resources, and techniques they need to create a successful path for their child's development. Storytime Connection classes will be offered through Workforce Solutions Child Care Services, AVANCE-Austin, and the Travis County Jail.

Balch Springs Library-Learning Center —Catch the Wave! eBooks @ the Library: $4,428
Balch Springs will offer e-books and e-readers to the community.
 
Bastrop Public Library – Expanding the Digital World in Bastrop: $10,000
The library will expand the e-book collection and provide training and support materials on using different e-book readers and personal mobile devices for library patrons.

Bay City Public Library — Early Literacy Initiative: $5,840
Bay City will introduce families to a love of reading and technology by purchasing e-readers/tablets which can be checked out from the library and by loading picture e-books on each e-reader.

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library — Library School/Homework Helps: $3,350
The Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, in Honey Grove, proposes computer-based learning experiences for pre-school (pre-K) and school aged children (K-12). After School Edge software and netbook computers will be used in conjunction with the Library School programming to give pre-schoolers a jump start on using the computer and students help with homework and an opportunity to explore and use a computer for more than games.

Carnegie City-County Library — CCCL Computer Basics: $9,731
The Carnegie City-County Library (CCCL), located in Vernon, Texas, plans to encourage adults to use computers for enjoyment and enlightenment by offering basic adult computer skills programs.

College of the Mainland  — e-book Expansion Project: $10,000
The COM Library in Texas City will enhance its e-book collection to include popular subject areas that correspond to its growing distance education subject enrollments.

Corpus Christi Public Libraries — Tech Time Story Time: $7,525
Corpus Christi will expand its children’s program slate to include Tech Time Story Time. For each location, the library will purchase touch-screen kids’ tablets to enhance story time with a technology component in their game day programs. The devices would also be available for in-house use by parents to share reading with their children.

Corsicana Public Library — Corsicana Public Library's e-Reader and iPod Loan Program: $4,139
Corsicana Public Library would like to expand its current services to include e-reader circulation for patrons and increase the current e-book selection.

Dickens County Spur Public Library — Job Seekers Computer Work Station and Helpdesk: $1,213
Dickens will provide a workstation for job seekers and provide trained staff and volunteers to manage a help desk. The library will work with the Texas Workforce Commission to train the staff and volunteers, install the computer programs and help patrons get their GED training, write resumes, improve interviewing skills, and locate career advice and educational information.

Dickinson Public Library — Classes to improve patron technology skills: $10,000
Dickinson Public Library will improve the technology skills of patrons by offering beginning computer, Internet, and resume building classes to the public. The classes will cover computer basics, e-mail, commonly used programs, and social media.

Friench Simpson Memorial Library — Electronic Information Technology: e-Books: $9,983
The Friench Simpson Memorial Library plans to add e-books to the collection. The service will include the purchase of e-readers, collection development, and patron training.

Harker Heights Public Library — Care For Kids Literacy Initiative: $10,000
Based on Every Child Ready to Read concepts, Harker Heights’ Care for Kids initiative is a multi-faceted early literacy campaign that includes a weeklong Children’s Book Celebration with story times, a Family Reading Night, and an Early Literacy Fair.

Lena Armstrong Public Library — Lena Armstrong Public Library Electronic Information Technology Project: $10,000
The Lena Armstrong Public Library will enhance access to electronic information and materials by purchasing readers/tablets for patron training in the Library and online subscriptions for magazines and newspapers that no longer provide print copies.

McAllen Public Library — iDiscover Project: $10,000
McAllen’s iDiscover Project wants to buy and promote customizable, content-specific tablet computers to provide the growing community with support and access to Internet-connected resources.

Nueces County Keach Family Library — Library Laptop Computers for the Improvement of Economic Development in Nueces County: $10,000
Working with the Robstown Improvement Development Corporation, the library will purchase laptops to offer a series of computer classes for the area patrons who lack the necessary computer skills to seek, apply for, and obtain work.

Pauline and Jane Chilton Memorial Marlin Public Library — Reading Technology: $6,500
The library will provide electronic reading materials and devices to patrons targeting, but not limited to, members of the Falls County Boys and Girls Club and residents of the local nursing and rehabilitation centers.

Plano Public Library System — Tablets for Library Services: $9,889
Plano will use tablet technology to provide roving reference; increase patron digital literacy; train patrons on Microsoft applications, e-mail, social media, resume writing, and Internet skills; and market library services and resources at outreach events and community meetings.

Rita and Truett Smith Public Library — E-Magazines and IPads for Public Use: $10,000
The library would like to offer magazines online and provide iPads for patrons to read magazines in-house.

Round Top Family Library — E-reader Access and Training: $10,000
Round Top will purchase e-readers for the library, additional digital content for the Central Texas Digital Library Consortium, and provide training and support for library staff and patrons on a variety of e-readers.

San Jacinto College District — Raven Reference: $9,449
The college’s reference librarians will use laptops to facilitate on-the-go learning (i.e., new student orientation, career and job expos, workshops, faculty in-service, etc.) for students and faculty/staff.

Speer Memorial Library — Let's Game It: $9,502
Speer Memorial Library will provide animated e-books for children to give them the opportunity to become familiar with technology that they would not otherwise have access to. The library will purchase learning pads with educational apps and games to expand the current e-content.

University of Texas-Pan American — Mobile Library Resources and Undergraduate Research: $9.720
The University of Texas-Pan American Library will collaborate with faculty associated with undergraduate research to implement a program that provides selected students with tablet technology and relevant academic applications to support their research and writing endeavors. The program trains them to use the tablets as research and writing tools that enhance academic inquiry, information literacy, and writing ability.

Val Verde County Library — Project Advance Del Rio/ Val Verde County / Proyecto Avance Del Rio/ Val Verde County: $10,000
Val Verde will promote literacy success by designating a specific time for "Family Literacy Nights" and "Family Fun Nights." During this time, the library will hold events and activities such as story time, literacy presentations, and book giveaways in English and Spanish to assist children and their families in improving family literacy.

Weatherford Public Library — Parker County Zinio: $10,000
The Weatherford Public Library wants to add electronic periodical subscriptions to the services currently offered by the Parker County Library Association libraries — Azle Memorial Library, East Parker County Library, Millsap Elementary/Public Library, Springtown Public Library, and Weatherford Public Library. The project will provide each library with an electronic tablet that patrons can check out for in-library use to view electronic periodicals.
 

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TexTreasures Grants — FY 2014

Abilene Library Consortium — West Texas Digital Archives: Nail Archives Newspaper Collection: $25,000
The Abilene Library Consortium (ALC) seeks funding to join with the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, to preserve content from the Robert E. Nail Jr. Archives Newspaper Collection through digitization of the Center’s existing microfilm. The collection will be added to the ALC’s West Texas Digital Archives (WTDA).

Austin Film Festival — The Austin Film Festival On Story Archive: Digitally Preserving and Presenting Austin Film Festival & Conference Recordings: $25,000
Austin Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will preserve a five-year portion (2003-2007) of its extensive 20-year video and audio collection by digitizing it and making it publicly accessible. The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library (Texas State University) will physically and digitally house the collection.

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library – Digitizing Honey Grove History: $5,000
The Bertha Voyer Memorial Library will continue digitizing copies of the Honey Grove Gazette and Example Tattler newspapers dating back to the early 1900s and make them available through the Portal to Texas History.

Blanco County South — Digitizing to Preserve Blanco County: $1,725
This library district will digitize and make available online 23 rolls of microfilm of local county and city newspapers, dated 1898-1981. The collection includes the Blanco County News (1898-1967), the Blanco County Courier (1919-1924), and the Johnson City Record Courier (1924-1981).

Carrollton Public Library — Digitizing the Records of Union Baptist Church: $1,279
Carrollton Public Library will continue digitizing and making available online the records of the Union Baptist Church of Carrollton, Texas. The church’s history parallels the founding of Carrollton-Farmers Branch and neighboring towns in the mid-1840s.

Lamar University — Lamar University Press Digitization Project: $11,636
Lamar University Archives and Special Collections, a department in the Mary and John Gray Library at Lamar University, with the cooperation of the university’s school newspaper, University Press, will digitize and publish 72 years of the school’s newspapers to be accessed via the Portal to Texas History and the university’s catalog.

Mesquite Public Library — The Texas Mesquiter Digitization Project: $11,060
The Mesquite Public Library System, in partnership with the University of North Texas Libraries Digital Projects Unit, will digitize approximately 12,000 newspaper pages from The Texas Mesquiter (1904 to 1940) to make them available online through the Portal to Texas History.

Southern Methodist University — Robert Yarnall Richie Texas Industry Prints and Negatives: $20,000
Southern Methodist University seeks to digitize and annotate 1,000 prints and negatives depicting non-oil-related Texas companies from the Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection. This project complements a TexTreasures FY2013 grant to digitize 1,000 Texas oil-related images by Richie.

Texas Southern University — The Mickey Leland Archives & Collection: The Leland Legacy Digitization Project: $20,000
The Leland Center will process and digitize selected materials from the Mickey Leland Archives. Grant funds will support staff to rehouse, arrange, catalog, digitize, and provide online access to manuscripts, photographs, and multimedia recordings from Leland’s political career in Texas.

University of North Texas — Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks Research Online: $25,000
The UNT Libraries and the Texas Historical Commission propose a partnership to digitize and provide broad public access to 1,775 files related to buildings designated as Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas — Texas Physicians, 1905-1966: Enriching the Biographical Database: $15,064
UT Southwestern Library would like to enrich and extend its Texas Physicians Biographical Database to add more location information, link to other online material, and add digitized material contributed by others into a statewide, subject-specific repository. The database contains information on over 10,000 Texas physicians practicing from 1870-1966.

University of Texas-Pan American — Digitizing Curanderismo: $17,796
The Border Studies Archive (BSA) at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Library seeks funding to digitize, catalogue, and make accessible on the Internet original source material on curanderismo, the practice of folk healing prominent in the Mexican and Mexican American cultures.
 

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Library Cooperation Grants — FY 2014

Amigos Library Services — eBook Distribution Platform: $75,000
Amigos will continue development and implementation of an e-book distribution platform originally started by North Texas Library Partners with a 2013 TSLAC grant. The project will provide access to purchased, as opposed to leased, digital content for participating Texas libraries. This is an alternate model for libraries to provide e-books that several consortia nationwide are implementing.

Arlington Public Library System — A Shared Virtual Branch: $46,405
Arlington, joining with Grand Prairie, Kennedale, and Mansfield libraries, proposes a new regional resource-sharing project that will bring all four libraries together to share digital resources. The first phase of this new project will fund the creation, branding and implementation of a “virtual branch” that will enable all four libraries to better select, fund, market and offer access to digital resources.

Bell/Whittington Public Library — Seniors in Cyberspace: $28,080
Ingleside and the Bell Whittington Public Library will continue their partnerships with 2 local Dairy Queens and other private business partners to provide technology training for senior citizens. Classes will be expanded to include a senior gaming day, and training on e-readers, genealogy, and databases. This is the third year of funding requested.

Central Texas Library System —Science Rocks 2014! : $75,000
In this third-year grant request, CTLS will expose 3rd-7th graders to high-energy, hands-on science and math programs in at least 23 public libraries in West Texas. As part of a collaboration with the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), the program will sponsor the mobile STEM lab visits at each library.

Fort Worth Library — Worth Reading — Year-round Reading Program: $75,000
Fort Worth Library wishes to support a new literacy initiative that was unveiled in 2012, "Worth Reading." This partnership project brings together libraries, schools, businesses and community organizations in a united effort to emphasize & integrate the value and benefits of reading in everyday life to Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Plano Public Library System — Collin County Job Skills Coalition: $75,000
As a member of the Collin County Job Skills Coalition, Plano wants to offer unemployed & under-employed Collin County residents access to free job skills training to help individuals to attain the skills needed to be hired & advance in their jobs.

Texas A&M Univ-Commerce — LEOtrain: Librarians Educating Others: $74,997
TAMU-C proposes a second year to continue meeting the technology training needs of Northeast Texas public libraries. Technology-themed training sessions will be developed and delivered face-to-face to library staff to build library capacity to serve rural patrons.

University of North Texas — Denton Inquiry 4 Lifelong Learning (DI4LL): $75,000
A collaborative organization of librarians serving school, public, and academic libraries, the Denton Inquiry 4 Lifelong Learning (DI4LL, pronounced “DILL”), will focus on increasing the information literacy skills of pre-kindergarten through graduate school learners by implementing a spiral information literacy curriculum in the region.

Weatherford Public Library — Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH): $49,971
This third-year funding request will continue to focus on expanding the Parker County libraries’ efforts to preserve regional documents & artifacts through digitization and making the records accessible via the shared online catalog.
 

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Special Projects Grants — FY 2014

Arlington Public Library System— Youth Technology Centers: $72,543
Arlington Public Library seeks to build the technology infrastructure needed to transform the Youth Technology Centers at the Central, East, and Northeast locations from physical spaces that enrich the afterschool lives of teens to technology hubs that have the capability to engage and inspire teens, building the creativity and critical thinking skills needed for productive futures.

Central Texas Library System — Connect-4-Literacy: $75,000
The CONNECT-4-LITERACY project will focus on children in two Austin elementary school libraries and two nearby Austin Library branches. The program will establish Family Literacy Libraries that provide e-readers and reading materials in 2 languages for students and their parents and siblings.

Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library — Technology Training: $41,300
This library in Port Neches, Texas, will extend current technology training services (digital literacy, office productivity programs, and multi-media) for the public and expand course offerings to the local Senior Citizen’s Center.

Elgin Public Library — Knowledge Adds Dollars/Conocimiento Suma Dólars: $10,000
Working with a facilitator, the local Texas Workforce Solutions, and the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, the library will provide skills for job seekers 16-years old and older. The program will assist those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) as well as English speakers.

Gateway to Libraries — Gateway to Libraries: $75,000
The project will continue the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes at 5 East Texas libraries to increase the literacy and educational attainment for 200 adults living in rural East Texas.

Georgetown Public Library — Georgetown Public Library Bookmobile: $75,000
Because of the continued success and growing popularity of the Bookmobile, Georgetown is requesting a third year of support for the program which reaches those in the community who do not have easy access to the library, including seniors and youth. The Bookmobile has had close to 10,000 visitors since it began operating in spring 2012.

Little Elm Public Library — AWE Literacy Stations Project: $42,964
Little Elm will expand literacy opportunities at its Children’s Center by augmenting the children and youth collection with AWE educational computers targeted to ages 2-14.

Plano Public Library System — Digital Media Lab: $12,843
Plano’s planned Digital Media Lab will serve as an interactive digital learning center to promote transliteracy for those 13 years and older. With media software and equipment, lab users will be able to create videos, photos, and audio for educational or job-related purposes, along with personal projects.

Pottsboro Area Public Library — Bridging the Digital Divide in Our Rural Town and the Pottsboro Area Public Library Communities: $30,700
Pottsboro is proposing a three-pronged technology project which includes: 1) creating an Internet Café; 2) offering interactive family game events; and (3) providing technology training, both one-on-one and group formats. Each program will be designed to address the unique needs of youth, middle-aged, and older adults based upon direct input by these respective groups.

Round Rock Public Library System — Innovation Station: $49,500
Round Rock Public Library will host Innovation Station, an after-school “makerspace” collaboration between the city, the school district, a local nonprofit, and tech workshop. The concept will engage middle school youth in project-based science, technology and engineering, mathematics, art and design, or STEM+Art.

Schulenburg Public Library — Technology Opportunities for Schulenburg 2: $75,000
The library will continue their partnerships with Blinn College to provide computer, GED, and ESL classes.

Tyler Public Library — Early Literacy Resource Center: $30,228
Tyler Public Library seeks to create an Early Literacy Resource Center to motivate families to read together. The Center will support all five of the Every Child Ready to Read principles.  

Van Alstyne Public Library — Van Alstyne Leader Preservation and Accessibility: $5,995
Van Alstyne wants to complete conversion of the Van Alstyne Leader newspaper to microfilm. They also want to establish the capability for researchers to obtain copies of any portion of the newspaper for their personal use, either in person or via e-mail or mail.
 

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