Texas Reads Recipients for Fiscal Year 2006
Bastrop Public Library, $2,000
Through the Volunteer Reader project, the library seeks to foster a love of reading in children aged 3 to 5. The library provides story times to children through collaborations with the Head Start program, privately owned childcare centers, and the Bastrop Independent School System. Many of the children spend the majority of their day in a childcare facility and rarely visit a library due to lack of time, transportation, or cultural differences.
Watauga Public Library, $3,000
Ten public libraries in Northeast Tarrant County will collaborate to provide Northeast Tarrant Reads: One Book, One Community which will feature a series of reading activities culminating in a major author-related event. Each community will have related programming, such as book discussion groups, writing workshops, and other reading-focused programs.
Port Isabel Public Library, $500
Through Bee Cool, Read! the Port Isabel children’s librarian will provide library programs at Derry Elementary School for the approximately 125 children attending summer school. The program plans to introduce materials in English to a primarily Spanish-speaking population in order to help the children perfect their reading skills.
McKinney Memorial Public Library, $1,800
Read Across McKinney is a One Book/One Community program designed to engage the citizens of McKinney in a program that encourages the love of reading and opens up community dialogue to explore relevant issues.
Joe A. Hall High School and Community Library, $2,300
The public library will work with the Venus Primary School Parent Teacher Organization to present two bi-lingual workshops entitled “Let’s Read Together” to parents of kindergarten and first grade children to train and encourage parents to read aloud to their children.
Pasadena Public Library, $3,000
The “Your Baby Can Read” parent-child toddler program will feature 12-weeks of training, story times and special programming to promote early literacy in a multi-sensory environment.
Wimberley Village Library, $2,996
The library will establish Crossroads Café: Books and Beverages from Around the World; a summer reading program for teenagers and young adults to meet the needs of a largely underserved portion of the community. This program seeks to encourage young adults to keep reading at a pivotal time in their life.
Aransas County Public Library, $3,000
Explore Your World: Read! is a summer reading program designed to encourage children to read during the summer months.
Boerne Public Library, $1,900
The library will develop a One Book/One Community program to Kendall County teenagers and adults. The program will bring together both age groups to promote reading for enjoyment and to foster a sense of community.
Palestine Public Library, $3,000
The Palestine Public Library will expand the existing Summer Reading Program for children and young adults from five to nine weeks, offering additional programming and experiences that instill a love of reading and life-long learning in program participants.
Mesquite Public Library, $3,000
Through the Enjoy Reading with Large Print Books Program, the library will collaborate with the Mesquite Adult Literacy Program, the Mesquite Independent School District and surrounding nursing homes and assisted living facilities to encourage readers with visual impairments and learning disabilities to use the library through book talks and summer reading programs.
Jennie Trent Dew Library, Goldthwaite, $3,000
The library will develop the Lectura Para La Familia En La Bibliotheca Program to encourage Spanish-speaking families to attend reading nights at the library. The library desires to reach out to encourage reading for enjoyment among Spanish-speaking families.
Harris County Library, $2,900
The Growing with Mother Goose outreach program will provide literature-based activity kits to the families of 25 economically disadvantaged children enrolled in the pre-k class of Thompson Elementary School in Spring, Texas. Programs held at the library and at the school will provide parents with a multitude of ways to introduce their children to the joy of reading. The program is based on a program developed by the Vermont Center for the Book.
Rockwall County Library, $2,500
The Reading for Adults program provides individual and group classes for adult literacy and English as a Second Language students. Volunteer tutors serve as instructors in the community-based program that operates in locations from schools to libraries to a local Target department store. Texas Reads grant funds will be used to purchase materials used in the classes.
McMillan Memorial Library, $650
A branch of Rusk County Library System, the McMillan Memorial Library in Overton, TX seeks to develop a summer reading program for teenagers and young adults to enhance literacy and promote library use. Book discussions, with each participant selecting their own book, will be a featured part of the program.