(From left) Peggy D. Rudd, TSLAC director and state librarian; Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski; Larry J. Ringer, former College Station mayor; Sandra J. Pickett, TSLAC chairwoman; Larry Koeninger, Bryan+College Station public library director and State Rep. Fred Brown of Bryan present a Loan Star Library grant check of $23,191 to Bryan+College Station Library System Oct. 10, 2010 (TSLAC photo).
State Legislators, State Library officials, local librarians and city officials have come together in libraries around the state for the past seven weeks, to celebrate and acknowledge the Loan Star Libraries grant award. This has provided a great opportunity for libraries to publicize the difference this grant makes, especially in these tough economic times. The grant funds help provide information and training for career hunters, updating of library collections, even extended hours when local budgets are being cut. The purchase of computers, access to databases, supplies and presenters for summer reading programs and, of course, more books, audiobooks and DVD’s, are many times not possible with local funds – the Loan Star Libraries grant provides the extra resource libraries need.
The Loan Star Libraries Grant program has distributed over $41 million to libraries throughout the state of Texas since 2002. This year, $6 million has been awarded to 541 libraries through this program which encourages improvement in library services and access to public library resources and services for all Texans.
Many librarians and their staff are still in the process of deciding how the funds will be spent because Plans of Action for this award must be submitted before October 31st. Plans are being made for additional training to be available later this year, to assist with the required tracking and reporting of grant activity. Webinars on the previous year’s grant program are archived on our website.
Check the Loan Star Libraries grant program page for more information, including the history of grant awards since the beginning of the program.