Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2022
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Library Technology Academy Grants - FY 2022
Bay City Public Library
The Bay City Public Library vision, as it relates to technology, is to provide current and emergent technology to the community and provide opportunities for technological success and exploration for patrons. With this grant they will create a Mobile Computer Lab to offer in-house and outreach classes through the purchase of Chromebooks, mobile WiFi hotspots, and associated software; they will update all public computers from Office 2010 to 2019, and add videoconferencing equipment for public use in the meeting room.
Centennial Memorial Library
The library goal is to create spaces of comfort and peace for patrons, where they can escape the rat race of the outside world, while still offering areas to complete necessary tasks and provide opportunities to experiment with items that will move them toward future careers. To meet these needs and using input from the community, the library will purchase and implement the following: comfortable seating that includes a charging station for phones, tablets and laptops; a high quality Copier/Scanner/Printer; and a 3D printer.
Coleman Public Library
The Coleman Public Library will be replacing five existing computers in the Main Library lobby with five new computers equipped with Windows 10, 2019 Microsoft Office and Faronics (Deep Freeze) software. They will also establish a new “Work Center” that will include a table and lounge seating area for patrons to access the new printer with Bluetooth capabilities/scanner and charging hub and charging tower.
Forest Hill Public Library
The Forest Hill Library District will implement Radio Frequency Identification or RFID System in the library providing extra security for the protection of materials, allowing staff to work on other projects that will help build the library and create a self-serve model for patrons.
Honey Grove Library & Learning Center
The Honey Grove Library Teen/Tech Room Project is to equip, staff, and maintain a viable, up-to-date Teen/Tech room to help serve the technology needs of the community. This project has been designed to meet the needs of patrons as well as provide services for members of the community who are experiencing a “technology gap”. When equipped and in use, the Teen/Tech room will address the mission of the library by providing educational programming, technological access and equipment, and a space where community members of all ages can meet with one another in-person and virtually to interact and participate in areas of study and enjoyment.
Hughes Springs Area Public Library
In order to better serve and meet the growing technology needs the Hughes Springs and surrounding communities, the Hughes Springs Area Public Library will create a technology project with four parts – a new circulation system, 10 new laptops with accessories, updated signage, and moving the scanner/printer/fax to the circulation desk.
Lake Dallas Library
The library will focus on connecting the community and empowering seniors and individuals with disabilities to connect online, learn new technology, and make important decisions about how they use the library resources on their own. By lending devices like hotspots, tablets and laptops and providing instructional classes for seniors and patrons with disabilities, the library will help them master new digital literacy skills and connect them to pre-existing library resources like databases and e-books.
Melissa Public Library
In an effort to keep patrons happy, healthy, and engaged, an increased effort will be made toward inclusion of new technology and virtual programming, including new computing/gaming devices for patrons, as well as face-down camera equipment. Melissa Public Library plans to increase its virtual programming presence by including more interactive videos utilizing a green screen and a tripod with our camera to provide clear and engaging videos for patrons. Melissa Public Library is looking to offer more spacious group and private computer access with separated areas, a gaming console, and shareable laptops and tablets with protective cases, and even a docking station with UV disinfecting and charging capabilities. Computers and laptops will be upgraded to the latest version of Microsoft Office, and Wi-Fi extenders will be added for further network reach.
Texas Reads Grants - FY 2022
Arlington Public Library
The Arlington Public Library will launch One Book, One Arlington, a month-long reading event for the community to read and discuss Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community. Participants will engage in kindness activities designed to strengthen the community an inspire the people of Arlington to be good neighbors.
Balch Springs Library - Learning Center
The Balch Springs Public Library will hold a Summer Reading Program titled Dive in and Explore @ the Library. The program will feature crafts, educational entertainers, preschool story time, STEM time, movies and other activities provided in both English and Spanish.
Bedford Public Library
The Bedford Public Library will launch the Stories in Motion program to promote early literacy learning, family engagement outdoors, and physical activity by installing a StoryWalk® at two area parks. A StoryWalk® places a deconstructed children's picture book along a popular walking route in the community. The program will give families the opportunity to engage in early literacy activities safely in an outdoor setting.
Brownsville Public Library
The Brownsville Public Library will launch the One Book, One Community, One Brownsville program to promote literacy among the youth of Brownsville. The Brownsville Public Library will provide free copies of Carmela Full of Wishes to community members and encourage engagement and discussion around the importance of positive representations through live readings of the text and a live chat with the author, Matt de la Pena.
Cleburne Public Library
The Cleburne Public Library will launch the Cleburne Reads program to promote a love of reading, communication, and connection within the community. The Cleburne Reads program will feature several book titles with planned book discussions, activities, author appearances and book signings for the community.
Dublin Public Library
The Dublin Public Library will launch book clubs for adults, teens, and children. The goal of the program is to simplify access to materials that aid in developing literacy skills and promote a love of reading in our community. Book club meetings will include include virtual author visits, interactive activities related to selected books, and discussion sessions.
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will launch the Storytelling and Story Reading 101 project to provide a series of professional development workshops for library staff throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Participants will learn and develop storytelling techniques using their voice, props, and puppets, from a professional storyteller. Participants will perform for the community at the Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros community event.
Eagle Pass Public Library
The Eagle Pass Public Library will host a Summer Reading Program for children in the community. The program will provide books, activities, and reading challenges to combat summer slide and foster a love or reading. Top readers in the program will receive recognition at a City Council Meeting.
El Paso Public Library
The El Paso Public Libraries will host its fifth annual WinterFest Reading Challenge in collaboration with other City of El Paso departments. The goal of WinterFest is to encourage reading during the winter months and over holiday breaks. WinterFest includes challenges, activities, and reading lists to encourage community participation.
Flower Mound Public Library
The Flower Mound Public Library, in cooperation with Flower Mound Parks and Recreation, will create a permanent StoryWalk® to support Flower Mound families and children. Featuring rotating stories paired with interactive, creative learning activities, the StoryWalk will support Town and Library goals by expanding access to library services, promoting early literacy learning and family reading habits, and encouraging community engagement through arts and literature.
Hughes Springs Area Public Library
The Hughes Springs Area Public Library will launch age appropriate literacy programming to provide community members with opportunities for active involvement in expansion of literacy skills with an emphasis on early childhood and family literacy, and lifelong learning.
Marathon Public Library
The Marathon Public Library will partner with Marathon Independent School District to provide literacy-focused programs with the goal of providing community members access to library services that support literacy and educational attainment, especially early childhood and family literacy, and lifelong learning. These weekly, monthly, and summer programs will provide children and caregivers with resources and learning opportunities year-round.
McAllen Public Library
The McAllen Public Library (MPL) will use grant funding to bring a guest speaker to their 2022 El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Día) Celebration. Día, which is an acronym for Diversity in Action, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds by promoting early literacy and family engagement. The invited bilingual, award-winning author will allow the library to successfully implement their literacy initiative in an economically-disadvantaged region.
Waco-McLennan County Library
Waco-McLennan County Library will install a StoryWalk® at a local park near one of the branch libraries and a local elementary school. StoryWalk® promotes early literacy and family engagement outdoors by placing a deconstructed children’s picture book along a walking route in the community giving families a free, interactive way to engage in literacy activities together.
Weatherford Public Library
The Weatherford Public Library and community partners will install the Weatherford Loves Reading StoryWalk® on a quarter-mile walking trail in Weatherford's Love Street Park. StoryWalk® promotes early literacy and family engagement outdoors by placing a deconstructed children’s picture book along a walking route in the community giving families a free, interactive way to engage in literacy activities together.
TexTreasures Grants - FY 2022
Allen Public Library
The Allen Public Library will digitize the Allen American (AA) newspapers, beginning with issues published in 1972 through the end of 2002. The digitized images will be freely accessible through the University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This project will provide an invaluable resource to those researching events and individuals in North Texas.
Cleburne Public Library
The Cleburne Public Library is requesting funds to digitize the Cleburne Morning Review, beginning with issues published 1918 through the end of 1933. Funding will enable the continuation of this project, which began in 2020 with the digitization of the Cleburne Times-Review, years 1934-1955. The digitized images will be added to The University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History. The intended outcome of the project is the digitization and free accessibility of all issues of the City’s newspapers. This will provide an invaluable resource to those researching events and individuals in Cleburne and the surrounding communities.
Cooke County Library
The Cooke County Library will digitize the Gainesville Daily Register (GDR), beginning with issues published in 1936 through the end of 1946. The digitized images will be added to the collection of Cooke County Newspapers accessible through the University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This is a multiphase project that will result in the digitization and free accessibility of all issues of the GDR, the oldest surviving newspaper in Gainesville and Cooke County, providing an invaluable resource to those researching events and individuals in North Texas.
Denton Public Library
The Denton Public Library will digitize issues of the Denton Record-Chronicle (DRC), for the years 1955 through 1969. The digitized images will be freely accessible through the University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This request is a continuation of the Denton Record-Chronicle Digitization Project awarded in 2020 and 2021 from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission TexTreasures grant program in which funds were received to digitize issues of the DRC from 1908 to 1954.
Houston Community College
Houston Community College (HCC) will digitize a textiles collection making it accessible through an in-house fashion database created by HCC Libraries and powered by Omeka.net. The newly acquired textiles collection includes antique fabric specimens that demonstrate hand sewing and ancient fabric dying techniques from Asia. Digitization of this collection helps preserve the treasures for preservation, study and inspiration for all virtual visitors of the site.
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University will process, rehouse, and create findings aids for 27 collections of former professors and administrators at Prairie View A&M University in preparation for digitization. These collections will increase awareness about the legacy of slavery and segregation in America and will offer much to scholars of massive resistance to civil rights and the institutionalization of color-blind racism.
The Rosenberg Library will continue digitization of the Galveston Tribune Newspaper. The Rosenberg Library owns a nearly complete run of the Tribune, spanning the years 1885-1965. The digitized images will be freely accessible through the University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History.
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University (SMU), holds the John Miller Morris Collection of Texas Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs (Morris Collection). The collection contains 9,266 real photographic postcards (RPPCs), mainly ca. 1900-1925, documenting distinctly local views throughout the state. Southern Methodist University Library will digitize and make available on the Internet 1,683 RPPCs showing Texas locations, buildings, people, events, and industries. The freely accessible files may be used for many purposes related to the study of Texas history.
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Special Collections and Archives will complete digitization of the Charles F.H. von Blucher Family Papers. The collection represents the history and contributions of 3 generations of a German American family from 1840-1962 involved in surveying South Texas. The project will digitize and 2000 photographs and documents from the collection.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas will continue work on the Byrd Williams Family Photography Digitization Project. This project will allow for the addition of 3,000 historical Texas images to the Portal to Texas History. The images selected for inclusion will focus on the work of Byrd Williams III and Byrd Williams IV, with an emphasis on unique and notable people and places in north Texas between the years 1930-2010.
University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington will continue digitization of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (FWST) Photograph Collection. The collection contains an estimated 4 million negatives documenting Fort Worth, North Texas, and much of West Texas from the mid-1920s to 1991. This project will allow for the addition of 15,000 images taken between 1950 and 1959. The scanned images will be made available through the UTA Libraries Digital Gallery thus increasing access and discoverability.
Regional ILS Collaborative Grants - FY 2022
Abilene Library Consortium
The Abilene Library Consortium (ALC),will increase multi-type and multi-size library collaboration across the region through an expansion of its current shared integrated library system (ILS). The primary goal of the program is to improve service, lower costs, and allow for the inclusion of libraries of all types across the region. A secondary goal is to share the developed service and support model with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) for use in other Texas regions.
MetroShare Library Consortium
Seven North Texas Area public libraries (Benbrook, Burleson, Forest Hill, Haltom City, Keller, Richland Hills, and Watauga) will form a new library cooperative called MetroShare Libraries. MetroShare Libraries will offer its members a unique opportunity to collaborate in every aspect of public library service—pooling resources, apportioning costs, gaining new users, broadening collections, strengthening program initiatives, and sharing traditional and non-traditional collections and expertise resulting in increased library access and improved quality of life in North Texas.
Special Projects Grants - FY 2022
Arlington Public Library
Books on Wheels is a collaborative book delivery project between the Arlington Public Library and local retirement and senior centers. The library will work closely with the centers to identify ways to best serve retirement community residents, including a revamp of how they deliver library materials and an intergenerational component to the program that includes local high school volunteers connecting with the retirement center population.
Austin Public Library
The Austin Public Library will implement the StoryWalk® project at 3 library branch locations to promote early literacy, physical activity, and family time together in nature. Families, teachers, and students can experience a children’s picture book together while walking along an outdoor path during all seasons. Book pages are laminated, posted in protective frames on aluminum posts, and spaced out on a nature path. As children and adults stroll down the path, they are directed to the next page in the story.
Converse Public Library
The Converse Public Library will create a bookmobile with targeted services, such as books for checkout and internet access, to meet needs in neighborhoods, daycares, senior centers, and schools within the community and in some unincorporated areas within the county. The flexibility inherent in a bookmobile will allow the library to effectively respond to shifting needs within the community.
Dallas Public Library
The Dallas Public Library will launch a Music Equity Program providing access to music education and musical instruments targeted on neighborhoods with low-income families and high percentages of people of color. Through group music lessons, the Dallas Public Library will expose children, adults, and seniors to stringed instruments, group play, and performance.
DeSoto Public Library
The DeSoto Public Library, in partnership with the DeSoto Senior Activity Center, will provide animatronic pet compantions for seniors who are confined to home or a care facility and/or facing cognitive challenges. The animatronic pets look and feel like their real counterparts and respond in a similar way to real pets, stimulating emotional and cognitive engagement through therapeutic two-way interaction. Support materials of recorded music and simple, themed reading materials, along with instructions for guided exercises for the participant or caregivers will also be provided.
El Paso Public Library
The El Paso Public Library will add two self-checkout stations at high traffic branches in the city. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in reduced staffing at the library, yet community need has increased. The self-checkout stations will allow staff at these well trafficked branches to effectively meet community need for quick, efficient service.
Honey Grove Library & Learning Center
The Digital Literacy at Honey Grove Library project in partnership with local nursing homes, SNAP centers, schools, and churches, will provide community members with digital literacy classes on topics such as Basic Computer Skills and Internet Safety. The program will provide needed equipment and services to bridge the technology gap and improve digital literacy in the community.
Irving Public Library
The Irving Public Library will launch a makerspace outreach vehicle in an effort to provide access to technology that promotes lifelong learning. The outreach vehicle will provide marketing and build excitement for the library makerspaces and help Irving Public Library reach new users. Planned programming includes maker equipment demonstrations, classes, and maker kit checkout.
Jeff Davis County Library
The Jeff Davis County Library will equip their bookmobile and outreach vehicle, Mobile Comunidad, with satellite wifi equipment. This additional equipment will allow the library to provide needed internet access to underserved residents of Jeff Davis County and allow for expansion of services made available through Mobile Comunidad.
Midland County Public Library
Midland County Public Libraries will create a Community Office and Business Resource Center (COBRC) to provide the community with a professional office space to use for job searches, interviews, and online meetings. Digital literacy classes, resume workshops, and interview skill programs will accompany the community office culminating in a project that allows the library to address workforce development needs in Midland.
Pottsboro Area Public Library
The Pottsboro Library will expand their telehealth site to ensure their can provide health literacy, technologies, and skills necessary to support the health care needs of their community. This program will facilitate access to quality health care in a rural community through a telehealth site and consumer health information programming.
Sergeant Fernando de la Rosa Memorial Library
The Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library will implemnet the Alamo Community Literacy Initiative. This program will increase literacy stewardship by establishing an Alamo Literacy Day and setting up little free libraries in various locations throughout the community. The library will establish partnerships with various community organizations to encourage project involvement, growth, and sustainability.
Southlake Public Library
The Southlake Public Library will launch the Southlake Neighborhood Outreach Program to create a neighborhood pickup location for library materials in the largest housing development in the Southlake community and to take library programming into residential areas to promote community engagement and a connection to the library.
Tom Green County Library System
The Tom Green County Library, in partnership with other organizations, will launch the West Texas Space VaquerXs, a series of STEM camps providing STEM career focused, hands-on, authentic, NASA-mission-aligned STEM engagement for underserved K-12 students.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas Libraries will continue ongoing efforts to improve audio/visual (A/V) content accessibility available through The Portal to Texas History. The project addresses the needs of Deaf and Blind users who often lack fundamental access for many A/V materials in digital repositories while also providing benefit to abled users and those with other special needs through efforts to transcribe, translate, describe, interpret, and chapter both research-oriented and primary-source A/V content.