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Applications for FY 2017 TSLAC Family Place Libraries™ Project are Now Being Accepted

2016 March 21

A goal of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan 2013-2017 is that “Texans will have access to library services to build a strong foundation for early learning, success in school, and lifelong learning.” To help accomplish this goal, the Agency

March 2016 Training Institute Attendees

March 2016 Training Institute Attendees

is promoting early childhood literacy in Texas libraries through grants, model programs, and training.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) initiated the Family Place Libraries™ Project in 2015 to help public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.

Applications for the FY 2017 Texas State Library Family Place Libraries™ Project are now being accepted. Libraries must complete this Application and Agreement and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator.  Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2015, 2016, 2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries™ program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

Staff from twelve Texas libraries participated in the FY 2015 TSLAC Project attended the Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute in May 2015, and staff from twenty-four Texas Libraries have been selected to attend the Institute in FY 2016.

Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries™ network includes more than 400 sites in 27 states.  Family Place Libraries™ promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries™ supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries™, please visit the Family Place Libraries™ website.

For more information on the Texas State Library Family Place Libraries Project, please contact:

Christine McNew

Youth Services Consultant

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

PO Box 12927

Austin, TX 78711-2927


512-936-2306 fax


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  1. Cynthia Gray permalink
    March 21, 2016

    Christina, the Fort Worth Library is applying this year!

  2. Christine McNew permalink
    March 21, 2016

    Thank you for letting me know! I look forward to receiving your application! — Christine

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