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2023 Family Place Libraries Grant Applications are NOW OPEN!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce that the FY 2023 Family Place Libraries Project grant application opened on Tuesday, November 1! TSLAC is looking for qualified libraries to attend an in-state Family Place Libraries Training Institute and implement the program in their libraries. The purpose of this grant is…

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Notes from the Field: Helen Hall’s New Bundle of Joy

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Helen Hall Library in League City, Texas, hosted the Grand Opening of its Family Place Library program during the library’s Fine-Free Fiesta—a community celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Family Place Library program; promotion of Helen Hall’s status as a fine-free…

Upcoming TSLAC Webinar: Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2024

Major grant program changes are coming to TSLAC! To better align our processes with state accounting requirements, the FY24 TSLAC Competitive Grant Programs will open for application on Monday, October 24, 2022. The 2024 TSLAC grant applications will include: Texas Reads TexTreasures Special Projects Regional ILS Cooperative grants. Grant guidelines for each program, as well…

Digital Literacy Grant Opportunity and Training Materials from the Public Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with AT&T, has announced a new grant opportunity to support public libraries in providing digital literacy workshops. The application window is now open, and a webinar will be held on May 19 to provide more information to interested libraries. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you’ll be…

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Applications are OPEN for the TSLAC Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) Scholarship Program

TSLAC JCLC Scholarship Program is OPEN and accepting applications. As a pilot project, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) intends to fund up to 15 scholarships of up to $3,500 to paid library staff of accredited libraries to attend the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) in St. Pete Beach, Florida scheduled for October 5-9, 2022.…

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New ECF Window Announced for Public Libraries to Receive Free Hotspots and Devices

The Highlights: A third Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Window opens April 28 and closes May 13. ECF will only pay accredited public libraries for Internet/Connected Devices to support library patrons with unmet need. 18 month service period from July 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023, BUT only can seek at most 12 months of funding. Prohibition…