Texas Book Festival Information for Librarians!

The Texas Book Festival is happening at the Texas Capitol Oct. 27-28! This is an annual event that attracts people of from all over the country and is of natural interest to librarians.

Because of the natural link between libraries and the Texas Book Festival, we wanted to put together some information to help you navigate the event.

Free Shuttles at Libraries

Capital Metro and the Austin Public Library are teaming up to provide free shuttles to the event on Saturday, Oct. 27. Go to the front desk of any of the following branch libraries between noon and 5 p.m. to receive a free Capital Metro Day Pass and Travel Guide:

  • Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Road | Routes 3, 803
  • Pleasant Hill | 211 East William Cannon Drive | Routes 1, 801
  • Little Walnut Creek | 835 West Rundberg Lane | Routes 1, 801
  • Ruiz | 1600 Grove Boulevard | Route 20
  • Carver | 1161 Angelina Street | Routes 2, 6
  • Southeast | 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd | Route 7

Panel of Interest

The full schedule for the Texas Book Festival can be found at https://www.texasbookfestival.org/schedule/.

One panel that may be of particular interest is the following panel from Susan Orlean, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992.

A Love Letter to Libraries with Susan Orlean (Friends Pass Session)

When: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Where: Capitol Auditorium E1.004 (1100 Congress Avenue)

The full description: This is a Friends Pass session! Libraries are one of society’s most valuable resources. Susan Orlean, bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin, sits down with bestselling author and former librarian, Elizabeth McCracken, for a discussion of Orleans’s latest, The Library Book, her life-long love of books and the fascinating history of libraries in this special conversation about the crucial role that libraries play in our lives. Moderated by Elizabeth McCracken

Want more information?

Information on attending the festival can be found at https://www.texasbookfestival.org/attend_festival/.

You can also email the festival organizers at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org for more information.

The Texas Book Festival now accepting applications for 2018 Texas Library Grants

The Texas Book Festival is now accepting applications for the 2018 Texas Library Grants. In 2017, TBF awarded over $100,000 in collection enhancements grants to Texas libraries.

The submission period is open now through February 2. The application can be found at http://www.texasbookfestival.org/library-grants/.

The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. Funding comes from book sales at the Texas Book Festival and other generous donors.

Still have questions? The Texas Library Association is hosting the following webinar to provide more information:

How to Apply for Texas Book Festival Collection Enhancement Grants

When: December 14, 2-3pm Central Time
Presenters: Lea Bogner and Sarah Northam
Learn how to apply for the TBF Collection Enhancement Grant – categories, application, deadlines, and tips for success!

Register here: https://join.onstreammedia.com/register/80146595/tbf1.

Questions? Check out the Texas Book Festival’s contact page at https://www.texasbookfestival.org/contact-texas-book-festival/.

Collection Enhancement Grants Available!

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[From our friends at Texas Book Festival]

Attention Texas public librarians: The Texas Book Festival is now accepting applications for Collection Enhancement Grants.

Collection Enhancement Grants support libraries in replacing worn books and adding new books to the collection. They serve to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs. Collection Enhancement Grants are funded up to $2,500. E-content may be funded up to $1,500. Please read their guidelines closely as they have changed.

The deadline to apply is January 27, 2017. Guidelines and applications are available here.

 

Deadline Extended for Texas Book Festival Collections Enhancement Grants

Texas Book Festival logoThe deadline has been extended to apply for a Texas Book Festival (TBF) library collections enhancement grant!  The grants support public libraries in replacing worn books, and adding new books to their collections. The purchase of e-books, books on CD and special collections is also supported. Applications must be postmarked by February 8, 2016.

In 2015, 34 libraries around the state received more than $75,000 in grant support.  The Texas Book Festival has been awarding these grants since 1996. You can get all the eligibility details, and application instructions on the Festival grants pages.

Questions about the grants or how to apply? Contact the TBF Logistics & Outreach Coordinator, Kendall Miller, at kendall@texasbookfestival.org, or 512-477-3295.

Submit Your Application for a Texas Book Festival Grant Now

Texas Book Festival logoApplications are now being accepted from public libraries for the latest round of  Texas Book Festival (TBF) grants! Applications submitted for the 2014-2015 cycle must be postmarked no later than February 4, 2015, and the focus this year will be on collection enhancement grant applications only.

Since the Texas Book Festival‘s (TBF) founding in 1995, it has been a part of their mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. The organization has donated more than $2.6 million to libraries across Texas.

Collection Enhancement Grants support libraries in replacing worn books and adding new books to the collection. They serve to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs. Collection Enhancement Grants are funded up to $2,500. Requests for e-content will be awarded up to $1,500. Only one application per library site (i.e., branch or building) is permitted. A library system with multiple branches may submit up to four grants.

Visit http://www.texasbookfestival.org/library-grants/ for all the details, requirements, and application forms.

If you have questions about the grants or the application process contact Kendall Miller, Logistics & Outreach Coordinator for the TBF, at kendall@texasbookfestival.org or 512-477-3295.

Call for Texas Book Festival Grant Applications

Texas Book Festival logoApplications are now being accepted from public libraries for the latest round of  Texas Book Festival (TBF) grants! Applications submitted for the 2013-2014 cycle must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2014.

Since the Texas Book Festival‘s (TBF) founding in 1995, it has been a part of their mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. The organization has donated more than $2.5 million to libraries across Texas. Library grants are given in three categories:

  • Technology Grants (up to $5,000) assist libraries in purchasing distance education equipment, upgrading internet connections, purchasing new or upgraded hardware and software for patrons’ use, or hiring IT consultants to assist in upgrading hardware, software, internet connections and security. This grant may also be used to provide training for patrons.
  • Collection Enhancement Grants (up to $2,500) support libraries to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs.
  • Literacy Initiative Grants (up to $5,000) fund sustainable programs that increase literacy in the community.

Visit http://www.texasbookfestival.org/library-grants/ for all the details, requirements, and application forms.

If you have questions about the grants or the application process contact Kendall Miller, Logistics & Outreach Coordinator for the TBF, at kendall@texasbookfestival.org or 512-477-3295.

Texas Book Festival Authors Announced

The 2010 Texas Book Festival will be held at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on October 16 – 17.   Yesterday, the Texas Book Festival announced the list of authors appearing at this year’s festivities.  You can view the list HERE

The first Texas Book Festival was held in 1996.  It was developed by then first lady Laura Bush, who “created a task force to plan the book festival to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading and serve to benefit the state’s public libraries” (http://www.texasbookfestival.org/Mission.php).

Also according to the website of the Texas Book Festival, “Upon its founding in 1996, the Texas Book Festival’s mission was to provide additional financial assistance to the state’s public libraries. Since that time, the Texas Book Festival has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 600 Texas public libraries. In 2010, the Texas Book Festival donated more than $100,000 to 33 libraries throughout the state” (http://www.texasbookfestival.org/Library_Grants.php).  You can view a list of past grant recipients HERE.

You can read more information on the Texas Book Festival here: http://www.texasbookfestival.org/index.php

Also be sure to check out a great interview with Clay Smith, the literary director of the Texas Book Festival.  You can view the interviw at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s CYNSATIONS blog, found HERE.