III. SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANTS

The objective of the Special Projects Grant program is to extend public library and information services to "people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; and to people with limited functional literacy or information skills." This objective is being accomplished through special projects undertaken by contracted libraries. Libraries interested in undertaking such special projects have to apply for this competitive grant. Libraries that receive a grant (i.e. subgrantees) have to meet several reporting requirements such as the preparation of semi-annual Project Evaluation Reports showing progress, quarterly Uniform Statistical Reports, and quarterly Financial Status Reports.

Since 1998, TSLAC awarded 17 Special Projects Grants to 15 libraries. The Special Projects Grants awarded ranged from one year to three years.

Table III.1

Library

Project Objectives

Grant Year(s)

Arlington Public Library

Make children's books available to low-income, at-risk, transient children and increase opportunities for literacy activities through group story times.

1998

Arlington Public Library (East Arlington Branch)

The East Arlington Branch used major physical renovations to make changes to services offered. In collaboration with leaders of the ethnically and linguistically diverse community, and combining multiple sources of funding, the branch was designed to serve as an information hub, and as an educational and community center. The branch offers a strong multilingual collection, an International Languages computer, computer and Internet classes, ESL and literacy classes, culture events, and a Learning Center for Children.

2000

Arlington Public Library

The "Read it Again!" grant provided outreach library services to childcare providers, the children and their parents.

2001-02

Azle Public Library

The "Library-at-Home" program delivered library services to the homebound elderly; added large-print books, books on tape and videos to the collection, and circulated items to homes and nursing facilities.

2000-02

Dallas Public Library

The objective of the ESL project was to purchase and circulate Spanish language/ bilingual materials at the branch library, and to double circulation at the end of the first project year. The objective of the program in the second year was to provide bilingual programs for children 5-12, coinciding with ESL classes that parents might have attended. In the third year, the program purchased a video series on "Issues of Aging," and other materials relevant to older adults. Videos were used in programs with representatives from service agencies to discuss these issues.

1998-2000

Denton Public Library

The "Books-To-Share" project provided library services to children in day care.

2001-02

Dr. Eugene Clark Library

LOCK.NET provides a mobile computer lab, computer training, and delivery of library materials to two low-income neighborhoods. The computer lab is set up at regularly scheduled times at five different sites.

2000-02

Ft. Worth Public Library

The objective of the project was to support the BOLD library serving the Butler Place Housing Project. The city has incorporated the project as a part of the city's public library system

1998

Haltom City Public Library

The grant aimed to implement a program to link at-risk students, ages 10-15, with the library.

1998

Harris CPL (Aldine and High Meadows)

The objective was to provide bilingual job assistance to Spanish-speaking residents; conduct quarterly series of programs on job-related topics, provide resource materials in Spanish and English, and access to computers for job-related use.

2000-01

Harris CPL (Parker Williams Branch)

The objective of the grant was to provide services and materials to the Vietnamese community. The program conducted weekly story hours (led by a bilingual community services assistant), citizenship classes, and other programs in Vietnamese; purchased Vietnamese-language books for adults and children.

2000-01

Houston Public Library

The grant supported the "Born-to-Read" project, a partnership between Houston Public Library and the Department of Health and Human Services, introducing mothers in at-risk categories to reading.

1998

Killeen Public Library

"YA Caf�" was a monthly program for students age 12-19 which featured a planned program, as well as access to computers, games, research materials, and tutoring. It also expanded the young-adult collection based on recommendations from project participants.

2000

Lubbock City-County Library

"Read with Me" offered a family literacy program with equal emphasis on adult and child literacy and library use. The grant was a collaborative project with the Lubbock ISD, the Lubbock Area Coalition for Literacy, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and KTXT-TV (PBS). Families from Title I schools attended library tours, received packets about services and programs, and were given opportunities to get library cards. Librarians also conducted story-times for children and gave each child a book.

2000

Marshall Public Library

"Raise-A-Reader" project was designed to educate new mothers in the importance of reading to a newborn. The program distributed a packet containing a free book and library information to the mother of each child born at regional medical center; and offered follow-up programs and activities.

2000

McKinney Memorial Library

The grant combined English and Spanish story time and other activities for preschool age children and caregivers to encourage low-income families to use the library and support reading. "McKinney Can Read" was an early intervention literacy program for low-income families. It offered library tours for Head Start and bilingual pre-K classes, story hours and family programs, free books for children. In FY 2000 the program added a bilingual literacy instructor and distributed 2,000 books.

1999-2001

Sterling Municipal Library

The objective of the grant was to purchase and process 20 thematically based story kits. The kits were created with child-care providers as the target audience.

The grant also aimed in the second year to make library services more accessible to LEP patrons, by establishing a Spanish-language collection and increasing Spanish-language library programs and services.

In the third year, the grant aimed to improve access to library resources and services of LEP patrons, build a Spanish collection; and introduce LEP adults to technology.

1998-2000

Over the past four years TSLAC awarded $778,221 to Special Projects grants. The TSLAC awarded different amounts annually to fund the Special Projects grants ranging from $81,549 in FY1999 to $346,672 in FY2000. Awards are based on funds available, number of eligible applicants, and amounts requested. Individual grant amounts ranged from $2,956 to the Sterling Municipal Public Library in 1998 to $56,077 to the Dr. Eugene Clark Public Library in 2001 for the LOCK.NET project. On average, TSLAC awarded $28,823 to a grant.

Table III.2

Library

1998

1999 LSTA

1999 Local

2000 LSTA

2000 Local

2001 LSTA

2001 Local

Arlington Public Library

$10,393

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arlington Public Library

 

 

 

$36,700

--

 

 

Arlington Public Library

 

 

 

 

 

$39,955

0

Azle Public Library

 

 

 

$15,474

$8,522

$24,580

$17,224

Dallas Public Library

$25,000

$27,989

--

$49,446

$117,741

 

 

Denton Public Library

 

 

 

 

 

$42,394

$8,809

Dr. Eugene Clark Library

 

 

 

$39,242

--

$56,077

0

Ft. Worth Public Library

$40,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haltom City Public Library

$25,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harris CPL (Aldine and High Meadows)

 

 

 

$17,730

$17,034

$20,825

$17,033

Harris CPL (Parker Williams Branch)

 

 

 

$25,042

$14,481

$30,390

$15,852

Houston Public Library

$9,106

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killeen Public Library

 

 

 

$41,330

$1,000

 

 

Lubbock City-County Library

 

 

 

$27,839

--

 

 

Marshall Public Library

 

 

 

$14,462

$2,200

 

 

McKinney Memorial Library

 

$18,060

$5,420

$30,418

$6,570

$35,779

$6,950

Sterling Municipal Library

$2,956

$35,500

--

$49,989

$33,130

 

 

Total

$112,455

$81,549

 

$347,672

 

$250,000

 

During 1998, TSLAC awarded six Special Projects Grants. The activities conducted by these libraries are described in the following table. Libraries varied significantly in the extent to which they have met their targets for the different activities and objectives.

Table III.3


1998 Special Projects Grants

Library

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

Purchased/Used 3,674 children's books.

459.2%

 

Assembled/Distributed 12 thematic program kits.

100.0%

Added shelving/ resource materials to sites.

100.0%

2,800 children participated in programs.

933.3%

Provided two programming magazines to staff at four grant sites. Provided three magazines to staff at six sites.

100.0%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

Received 20 responses on kit subjects from day cares (14 written responses, six phone responses).

83.3%

 

 

 

 

Ordered, received, and processed 196 books, 11 videos and 20 props.

100.4%

18 of 24 area daycare centers sent staff to workshops. Conducted five workshops, 75 participants, 32 new library cards were issued.

75.0%

Circulated 54, 88 and 42 kits.

460.0%

Eight daycare centers with no previous contact with the library checked out kits.

160.0%

Distributed 1,030 workshop and story kit flyers.

103.0%

Dallas Public Library - North Oak Cliff Branch

Circulated 2,080 bilingual, Spanish language and ESL titles per month.

94.5%

 

 

 

The Latino CD collection- Musica Para Todos- was used by 16-20 people per day.

180.0%

Increased use of bilingual software by Spanish speaking users to more than 10 per week in June.

100.0%

Conducted special bilingual programs, but waiting for additional funding to begin extensive, weekly program coordinated with ESL parents.

0.0%




Table III.4


1998 Special Projects Grants

Library

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Ft. Worth BOLD Library at Butler Place Housing Community

BOLD library operated 30 hours a week.

100.0%

 

Expanded collection by 715 books and 24 CD-ROMs in response to Butler resident input.

100.0%

BOLD library participated in Children's Summer Reading Program, worked with Resident's Association, and increased Butler residents' awareness of BOLD.

100.0%

Recruited and trained 30 volunteers.

100.0%

Issued 49 new library cards.

*

Circulation increased by 401 percent from 1,195 in 1997 to 4,788 in 1998.

406.7%

Contacted all on-site service providers at Butler housing project.

100.0%

Haltom City Public Library

Spent $8,333.45 on 663 books and videos

199.9%

 

Distributed 437 pieces of publicity.

87.4%

Volunteers and students completed 251 hours of training.

76.1%

7 people attended training sessions.

31.8%

Circulated 57 items.

1.9%

281 people attended special programs.

38.0%

Handled 104 reference questions.

3.0%

Issued 20 new library cards.

40.0%

Houston Public Library

Conducted five major media reports

100.0%

 

Conducted 23 visits to West End clinic, 19 to Sunnyside; 1,012 attended sessions

84.0%

Distributed 245 library card applications.

*

Unable to track number of new maternity clients reached

*

Did not use sessions to identify parents for referral to HDL Parent Reading Program or Houston READ Commission

0.0%

* Target information not available.

The TSLAC set eight variables as performance measures. These included:

  • Number of materials acquired (Materials acquisition includes books, videocassettes, microforms, and other materials received and subscriptions purchased.)
  • Number of publicity pieces distributed.
  • Number of persons attending training sessions.
  • Number of persons attending ESL or literacy sessions.
  • Number of materials circulated.
  • Number of persons attending special programs.
  • Number of reference questions answered.
  • Number of persons receiving library card for the first time.

The performance of the libraries with Special Projects Grants was measured based on the extent to which the project met its target on each of these variables. The following tables display the performance of the six Special Projects Grants in 1998. As seen from these tables, libraries' performance varied widely from variable to variable.

Table III.5


Materials Acquisition 1998

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

1,134

3,884

343.0%

Dallas Public Library

912

886

97.0%

Ft. Worth Public Library

170

753

443.0%

Haltom City Public Library

273

663

242.0%

Houston Public Library

300

*

*

Sterling Municipal Library

226

227

100.4%

* No information

Table III.6


1998

Library

Publicity Pieces Distributed

Persons Attending Training Sessions

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

1,500

2,000

133.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dallas Public Library

5,000

5,000

100.0%

30

45

150.0%

Ft. Worth Public Library

3,000

13,016

434.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Haltom City Public Library

500

437

87.0%

22

7

32.0%

Houston Public Library

7,500

*

*

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sterling Municipal Library

1,000

1,030

103.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

* No information

Table III.7


Persons Attending Literacy or ESL Sessions


1998

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A*

N/A

N/A

Dallas Public Library

50

40

80.0%

Ft. Worth Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Haltom City Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Houston Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sterling Municipal Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

* Only the Dallas Public Library reported literacy/ESL sessions.

Table III.8


1998 - Program Services

Library

Materials Circulated

Persons Attending Special Programs

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

3,000

2,872

96.0%

Dallas Public Library

9,000

17,553

195.0%

2,000

1,979

98.0%

Ft. Worth Public Library

1,315

4,788

364.0%

800

2,556

320.0%

Haltom City Public Library

3,000

57

2.0%

740

281

38.0%

Houston Public Library

900

*

*

600

*

*

Sterling Municipal Library

30

184

613.0%

24

76

316.7%

* No information.

Table III.9


1998 - Program Services

Library

Reference Questions Answered

Persons Receiving a Library Card for First Time

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

35

0

0.0%

Dallas Public Library

500

939

186.0%

150

152

101.0%

Ft. Worth Public Library

1,500

5,885

392.0%

129

49

38.0%

Haltom City Public Library

3,500

104

3.0%

50

20

40.0%

Houston Public Library

900

*

*

300

*

*

Sterling Municipal Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

24

32

133.0%

* No information. In 1999, TSLAC awarded only three Special Projects Grants. Two of these were second year continuations from 1998. As in 1998, the projects varied significantly across and within in the extent to which they met their targets.

Table III.10


1999 Special Projects Grants

Libraries

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Dallas Public Library - North Oak Cliff Branch

Conducted 86 cultural enrichment programs.

69.3%

 

 

 

 

 

Offered 19 special programs.

237.5%

Displayed children's projects every month starting in January.

75.0%

ESL attendance did not increase.

0.0%

Produced a mural and drama at end of summer programming.

100.0%

Produced a manual of Children's Enrichment Curriculum.

100.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

Ordered and distributed 1,980 books to low-income families.

247.5%

 

 

Distributed 3,006 pieces of publicity.

143.1%

Issued 131 new library cards.

99.2%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

Circulated 12,192 materials.

244.0%

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased 7 Spanish-language periodicals.

233.3%

Conducted three library programs in Spanish: low turnout- 17 and 27 attended 2nd & 3rd programs.

100.0%

Expanded ESL/ LEP collections.

100.0%

Registered 384 new Spanish speaking patrons by Extension Services.

384.0%

Provided advisory and reference services for LEP adults and their families.

100.0%




Table III.11


1999 Materials Acquisition

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Dallas Public Library

360

355

98.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

800

2,241

280.1%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

1,550

2,346

151.0%

Table III.12


1999

Library

Publicity Pieces Distributed

Persons Attending Training Sessions

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Dallas Public Library

10,000

10,600

106.0%

2,880

990

35.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

2,100

3,006

143.1%

N/A

43

N/A

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

9,000

9,042

100.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A




Table III.13


Persons Attending Literacy or ESL Sessions

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Dallas Public Library

1,980

2,575

130.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

N/A

300

N/A

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

N/A

N/A

N/A




Table III.14


1999 - Program Services

Library

Materials Circulated

Persons Attending Special Programs

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Dallas Public Library

5,000

7,131

143.0%

840

968

115.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

3,987

N/A

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

5,000

12,192

244.0%

100

338

338.0%




Table III.15


1999 - Program Services

Library

Reference Questions Answered

Persons Receiving a Library Card for First Time

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Dallas Public Library

2,000

2,098

149.0%

100

217

217.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

*

*

*

132

339

256.8%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

200

330

165.0%

400

1,291

323.0%

* No information. In 2000, the TSLAC awarded 11 Special Projects Grants. Three of the grants were continuation grants.

Table III.16


2000 Special Projects Grants

Project

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

Purchased a computer workstation with CD-ROM (200 patrons used International Languages computer).

100.0%

 

Purchased 2,017 foreign language items.

97.0%

Purchased a TV/VCR and cart.

100.0%

Issued 1,678 new library cards.

124.7%

Azle Public Library

Conducted survey and compiled responses.

*

 

Hired and retained a representative for Library-at-Home program.

100.0%

Distributed 338 brochures to nursing homes.

84.5%

Placed an advertisement in paper; provided four press releases to two papers.

50.0%

Registered 38 patrons for the program.

200.0%

Enrolled one patron in Talking Books Program.

10.0%

Increased the number of patrons served from 20 to 38.

100.0%

Circulated 1,740 items through program.

136.6%

Purchased 298 items.

220.1%

* No information about target.

Table III.17


2000 Special Projects Grants

Project

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

1,085 adults accessed literacy technology.

394.0%

 

8,916 student hours completed with technology.

245.0%

Trained 130 LEP parents in school district technology.

130.0%

Introduced 899 LEP adults at Lee College to ESL and literacy technology.

899.0%

Trained 129 professional and volunteer educators in library literacy technology.

165.4%

815 LEP patrons independently accessed literacy technology.

326.0%

Circulated 2,463 Spanish language materials.

197.0%

Answered 98 reference questions.

198.0%

Issued 1,180 library cards to first-time ESL patrons.

524.0%

Dallas Public Library (semi-annual report)

Showed 36 videos, covering issues of interest to older patrons.

*

Harris County Public Library (Aldine & High Meadows Branches)

Offered four series of bilingual programs on vocational topics; 180 total attendence.

75.0%

 

Received 2,242 materials.

291.2%

Purchased computer software; but did not use grant funds.

*

Distributed 18,691 pieces of publicity.

1,861.6%

Harris County Public Library (Parker Williams Branch)

Conducted story time in Vietnamese on 25 Saturdays, March to August.

58.3%

 

 

 

 

 

Issued 121 new library cards; 89 adult, 32 juvenile.

*

889 attended story times; 600 chilr43en, 289 parents.

*

95 area residents attended citizenship classes.

135.7%

Purchased 1,159 adult titles for Vietnamese language collection.

231.8%

Circulated 5,608 grant-funded items.

*

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

Issued 117 new library cards.

97.5%

 

 

 

Circulated 216 materials.

72.0%

Distributed 12,250 promotional pieces.

102.1%

Provided 24 hours of training each week; 150 have attended - 120 on average per month.

*

* No information about Target.

Table III.18


2000 Special Projects Grants

Project

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Marshall Public Library

Distributed 100 brochures to 25 county health care facilities.

*

 

Distributed 215 literacy assistance packets to new mothers.

*

 

Issued 8 new library cards as a result of project.

*

 

Added 31 books and 15 videos to project collection

*

 

Received inquiries about project from across the state.

*

McKinney Memorial Public Library

Distributed 3,994 books to low-income families.

*

 

Distributed 8,485 pieces of publicity.

*

 

Issued 136 new library cards.

*

 

775 children attended literacy classes while parents attended ESL classes.

*

 

1,592 parents and children in low-income families attended special programs.

*

Lubbock City-County Library

Issued 233 new library cards.

110.9%

 

Purchased and distributed 1,674 books to kindergartners at Title I schools.

149.5%

 

70 adults attended literacy sessions.

*

 

Met or exceeded goals in number of publicity materials distributed, persons attending training sessions, circulation, and persons attending special programs.

*

* No information about targets.

Table III.19


Materials Acquisition - 2000

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

2,140

2,017

94.2%

Azle Public Library

135

298

220.0%

Dallas Public Library

744

774

100.0%

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows) Public Library

773

2,316

301.0%

Harris County (Parker Williams) Public Library

600

1,159

193.0%

Killeen Public Library

2,000

0

0.0%

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Marshall Public Library

2,060

1,880

91.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

2,400

4,488

187.0%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

813

1,150

126.0%




Table III.20


2000

Library

Publicity Pieces Distributed

Persons Attending Training Sessions

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

40

42

105.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Azle Public Library

400

338

85.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dallas Public Library

30,000

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Denton Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

10,000

18,691

187.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Parker Williams)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Killeen Public Library

25,000

18,000

72.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

12,000

12,250

102.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Killeen Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Marshall Public Library

7,000

4,059

58.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

McKinney Memorial Public Library

2,800

8,485

303.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

3,000

4,506

150.0%

78

129

165.0%




Table III.21


Persons Attending Literacy or ESL Sessions - 2000

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Azle Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dallas Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Parker Williams)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Killeen Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Marshall Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

McKinney Memorial Public Library

90

775

861.0%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

275

1,085

395.0%

Table III.22


2000 - Program Services

Library

Materials Circulated

Persons Attending Special Programs

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

3,625

8,788

242.4%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Azle Public Library

1,274

1,740

137.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dallas Public Library

7,440

575

7.0%

2,700

2,692

99.9%

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

2,000

512

26.0%

300

180

60.0%

Harris County (Parker Williams)

1,800

5,837

324.0%

660

1,536

232.0%

Killeen Public Library

5,100

890

17.0%

700

272

39.0%

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

300

216

72.0%

550

883

160.0%

Marshall Public Library

1,200

1,225

102.0%

1,500

1,717

114.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

1,000

1,592

159.0%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

1,250

2,463

197.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Table III.23


2000 - Program Services

Library

Reference Questions Answered

Persons Receiving a Library Card for First Time

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

1,346

1,678

124.7%

Azle Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

20

33

165.0%

Dallas Public Library

4,200

110

0.0%

600

240

40.0%

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

N/A

N/A

N/A

120

25

21.0%

Harris County (Parker Williams)

N/A

N/A

N/A

90

279

310.0%

Killeen Public Library

250

30

12.0%

200

4

2.0%

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

150

148

98.0%

120

117

98.0%

Marshall Public Library

500

130

26.0%

500

35

7.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

132

136

103.0%

Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown)

50

99

198.0%

225

1,180

524.0%

TSLAC awarded seven Special Projects Grants in 2001. Five were continuation grants. The activities, accomplishments, and performance of each of these projects are presented in the following series of tables. As in previous years, the extent to which projects met their targets varied greatly within projects by performance measure as well as across projects.

Table III.24


2001 Special Projects Grants

Project

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

Conducted workshops in 42 out of 46 licensed child care centers.

91.3%

Read It Again! Outreach library services to child care providers, the children and their parents

Conducted follow-up visits to childcare centers that received initial workshop.

83.8%

Issued 20 new corporate library cards.

117.6%

Increased corporate card circulation by 14 percent.

*

Increased the knowledge of childcare providers about methods of reading to children, as demonstrated through pre/post tests. Scores increased 8.9 percent.

*

Increased contacts between branch libraries and child care facilities by 25 percent.

100.0%

Increased satisfaction of child care providers with workshops.99.8 percent of providers were either very satisfied or satisfied with workshops.

*

Azle Public Library

Delivered 98 brochures to home bound seniors via home nursing services, Meals on Wheels, and to nursing home residents

49.0%

Deliver library materials to older adults who can not get to the library (at home patrons)

Enrolled 44 "at home" patrons in the program.

*

Publicized the program through articles in local newspapers.

98.0%

Increased number of at home patrons that are served by the Library-At-Home and Talking Books programs to 42 from 40.

*

Delivered 2,082 items to the Library-At-Home patrons from September 2000 to August 2001.

66.7%

Increased collection of Library-At-Home by purchasing 635 items (378 books, 132 videos, and 125 books on tape).

*

Achieved a 93 percent satisfaction rate in a patron survey. Objective was a 70 or better percent.

*

Denton Public Library

Provided four story time programs at 23 childcare centers. Presented 427 programs to 4,937 children.

*

Books-To-Share project to provide library services to children in day care

Purchased and made available 154 kits (4 at each center), 74 circulation kits, 22 kits for 4-5 year olds, 27 kits for 2-3 year olds, and 25 kits for infants. Purchased 1,726 items for the story time kits.

*

Presented three teacher workshops to a total of 65 teachers.

*

Provided family literacy activities that encouraged families with children in childcare centers to use the library. Distributed 4,500 brochures to parents.

*

* Target not specified.

Table III.25


2001 Special Projects Grants

Project

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

Offered four series of bilingual programs to 109 Spanish-speaking adults with limited English proficiency on vocational topics.

182.0%

Purchased 2,316 books including consumables and English and Spanish language vocational materials, 9 audiocassettes and 40 videocassettes.

Provide two "one-stop" job bilingual assistance centers

*

Both branches used press releases and flyers to promote the program.

150.0%

Harris County (Parker Williams)

Provided 24 story/learning times programs from March through August 2001 to 558 children; 23 attended each program on average; 239 parents attended (10 on average at each program); 46 children received library cards for the first time.

*

Services in Vietnamese to area residents with limited English proficiency

Offered the Mother Goose Asks Why? Program on Saturdays in July and August: 21 parents and 26 children attended on average. Distributed kits and books to participants.

*

Provided two citizenship classes in Vietnamese. On average, 33 people participated in the two classes. 160 adults received library cards for the first time.

*

Offered two TIPS classes on Saturdays in March, July and August.

*

Purchased 684 books: 534 adult books and 150 juvenile books in January 2001; purchased 178 books in August 2001 for a total of 862. Recorded 4,443 circulations for the materials.

*

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

LOCK.NET offered 24 hours of training a week to Lockhart residents. The project offered four day classes with 8-12 people attending and four night classes with four to six people attending.

*

LOCK.NET computer and Internet training to disadvantaged members of community

Promoted library services through presentations in community neighborhoods, published articles in local newspaper, provided information on city cable channel and in church bulletins. Distributed 12,000 flyers throughout the school district.

*

Met with neighborhood residents and leaders of church, civic, and educational organizations to promote the project through presentations.

*

* Target not specified.

Table III.26


2001 Special Projects Grants

FY00 Project

Project Accomplishments

% of Target

McKinney Memorial Public Library

Purchased 4,284 books to encourage low-income families to read. Books were distributed through HeadStart, Library partnerships, the Health Department, Summer Reading Programs, and Special Holiday Programs.

*

Reading and ESL services to low-income families

Distributed 3,721 publicity pieces targeting this population. Distribution targeted Family Reading Night, Story Time, Holiday Events, and Special Story Programs.

*

Recruited 25 volunteers to assist with literacy and ESL classes.

*

Offered three story times a week; these were typically attended by 15 to 30 students. Offered adult ESL classes.

*

Developed partnerships with the county and the school district and with the HeadStart program. These partnerships helped publicize the classes.

*

Issued 130 library cards.

*

* Target not specified.

Table III.27


Materials Acquisition - 2001

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

1,160

1,323

114.0%

Azle Public Library

350

635

180.0%

Denton Public Library

1,316

1,726

131.0%

Harris County Public Library (Aldine & High Meadows)

870

2,365

272.0%

Harris County Public Library (Parker Williams)

860

862

100.0%

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

N/A

N/A

N/A

McKinney Memorial Public Library

4,000

4,284

107.0%

Table III.28


2001

Library

Publicity Pieces Distributed

Persons Attending Training Sessions

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

37,560

44,974

119.7%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Azle Public Library

200

97

49.0%

11

11

100.0%

Denton Public Library

36,027

26,788

74.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

10,000

15,000

150.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Parker Williams)

1,100

2,200

200.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

12,000

12,354

103.0%

2

1

50.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

3,200

3,721

116.0%

3,208

3,721

116.0%




Table III.29


Persons Attending Literacy or ESL Sessions - 2001

Library

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Azle Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Denton Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Harris County (Parker Williams)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

N/A

N/A

N/A

McKinney Memorial Public Library

832

880

105.0%




Table III.30


2001 - Program Services

Library

Materials Circulated

Persons Attending Special Programs

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

4,950

2,196

44.4%

3,195

910

28.5%

Azle Public Library

3,874

2,082

54.0%

N/A

N/A

N/A

Denton Public Library

1,052

181

17.0%

6,776

5,002

73.0%

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

2,010

1,931

96.0%

120

109

91.0%

Harris County (Parker Williams)

1,000

9,336

933.0%

1,150

2,223

193.0%

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

200

164

82.0%

1,800

1,680

94.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

1,200

1,290

106.0%




Table III.31


2001 - Program Services

Library

Reference Questions Answered

Persons Receiving a Library Card for First Time

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Arlington Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

100

20

20.0%

Azle Public Library

24

27

113.0%

10

11

110.0%

Denton Public Library

500

73

14.0%

398

8

2.0%

Harris County (Aldine & High Meadows)

N/A

N/A

N/A

32

7

22.0%

Harris County (Parker Williams)

N/A

N/A

N/A

100

380

380.0%

Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart)

180

173

96.0%

144

144

100.0%

McKinney Memorial Public Library

N/A

N/A

N/A

130

131

100.0%

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