PART II: SURVEY REPORT

In-Depth Evaluations

IV. SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANT PROGRAM

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has awarded 17 Special Projects Grants since the inception of the program. Special Projects Grants were awarded to 15 libraries. These include:

  • The Arlington Public Library (three grants): FY98, FY00, FY01:


    Foreign Language Collection, Read it Again, and services to child care providers




  • The Azle Public Library: FY00-02:


    Library-at-Home - Delivery of Services to Homebound Elderly




  • The Dallas Public Library: FY98-00:


    ESL, Bilingual Children's Enrichment, Programs for Seniors




  • The Denton Public Library:FY01-02:


    Books-to-Share: Library Services for Children in Childcare




  • Dr. Eugene Clark Library (Lockhart): FY00-02:


    Computer Literacy




  • Fort Worth Public Library: FY98:


    Project Bold - library branch in housing community




  • Haltom City Public Library: FY98:


    Project Yes - youth program




  • Harris County Public Library (Aldine and High Meadows Branches): FY00-01:


    Bilingual Job Assistance Grant




  • Harris County Public Library: Parker Williams Branch: FY00-01:


    Vietnamese Services to the South Belt Community




  • Houston Public Library: FY98:


    Born to Read




  • Killeen Public Library: FY00:


    YA Caf�




  • Lubbock City-County Library: FY00:


    Read With Me




  • Marshall Public Library: FY00:


    Raise-A-Reader




  • McKinney Memorial Library: FY99-01:


    McKinney Can Read - Family Literacy




  • Sterling Municipal Library (Baytown): FY98-00:


    Spanish Language, Collection Development, Library Technology Project, Story Kits

Survey questionnaires were mailed to each of the 15 libraries that received Special Projects Grants. The Arlington Public Library received three questionnaires, one for each grant. All libraries completed the questionnaires.

The 15 libraries that received Special Projects Grants are associated with five Library Systems. These include:

  • North Texas Regional Library System (NTRLS): 7 grants
  • Houston Area Library System (HALS): 4 grants
  • Northeast Texas Library System (NETLS): 3 grants
  • Central Texas Library System (CTLS): 2 grants
  • West Texas Library System (WTLS): 1 grant

The Special Projects Grants were primarily awarded to libraries serving urban and suburban areas. Forty-one percent served urban areas, 35 percent served suburban areas, and 12 percent served rural areas.

Table IV.1

Library Served Primarily

Number of Libraries


(N=17)

Percent of Libraries

Urban areas

7

41.2%

Suburban areas

6

35.3%

Rural areas

2

11.8%

Combination

1

5.9%

No answer

1

5.9%

The libraries provided a wide range of services through the Special Projects Grants, as shown in the table below. Most commonly:

  • Libraries developed special programs for bilingual or limited English proficient groups. (nine projects).
  • Libraries expanded the non-English collection in the library (seven projects)
Table IV.2

Services Provided Under the Special Projects Grant

Responding Libraries

Number


(N=17)

Percent

Provided books to low-income children

6

35.3%

Conducted group story times for low-income children

6

35.3%

Developed and provided story kits for daycare providers

4

23.5%

Expanded the library's non-English language collection

7

41.2%

Introduced new mothers to the library

2

11.8%

Developed an early childhood literacy program

4

23.5%

Developed and provided special programs and events to patrons with limited English proficiency (LEP) or English as a second language (ESL)

9

52.9%

Offered special programs and library tours to low-income patrons

4

23.5%

Offered ESL/literacy classes

6

35.3%

Offered group story times for bilingual patrons

3

17.6%

Developed and offered programs for older adults

4

23.5%

Developed and offered programs for youth

4

23.5%

Offered job assistance to bilingual patrons

1

5.9%

Educated low-income parents on the importance of reading

5

29.4%

Educated daycare providers in importance of and methods for reading to children

4

23.5%

Educated daycare providers about the availability of library services

4

23.5%

The libraries served diverse populations, as shown in the following table. The most commonly served populations included:

  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Low-income
  • Low-literate adults
Table IV.3

Populations Served Through Special Projects Grants

Number of Libraries


(N=17)

Percent of Libraries

Low-income

10

58.8%

Bilingual/ESL/LEP

12

70.6%

Older adults

5

29.4%

Early childhood, new mothers

7

41.2%

Youth

5

29.4%

People with disabilities

4

23.5%

Rural residents

3

17.6%

Urban, inner city residents

6

35.3%

Low literate adults

8

47.0%

Intergenerational groups

1

5.9%

According to the Special Projects Grant project directors, patrons who received services through these grants were highly satisfied with the services. This was further supported by data provided by participants.

Table IV.4

Satisfaction of Populations Served Through Special Projects Grant*

Number of Libraries Serving

Mean* Satisfaction

Low-income

10

9.00

Bilingual/ESL/LEP

12

8.33

Older adults

4

8.25

Early childhood, new mothers

8

8.87

Youth

5

7.60

People with disabilities

4

8.00

Rural residents

3

8.33

Urban, inner city residents

6

8.33

Low literate adults

9

8.55

Intergenerational groups

1

9.00

* The mean was calculated on a 10-point scale with "1" referring to "very dissatisfied and "10" referring to "very satisfied."

Of the 13 libraries whose grant funding had ended at the time of the study, 12 continued to offer services they provided through the grants. Two-thirds of these libraries continued to provide the same services but in a more limited form, two of the libraries expanded the services, one library continued to provide the services at the same level it had provided them during the Grant period, and one continued services in a different form.

Table IV.5

Services Provided After Grant Ended

Number of Libraries


(N=17)

Percent of Libraries

Continued to provide all the services funded under the Grant:

7

41.2%

Continued to provide some services

5

29.4%

Did not continue to provide any services

1

5.9%

Grant is still continuing

4

23.5%

Continued to provide services after grant ended:

12

70.6%

As funded (no change)

1

5.9%

In an expanded form

2

11.8%

In a more limited form

8

47.0%

Other form

1

5.9%

The services that the libraries provided through the Special Projects Grants had significant impact on the participants, their children, their families, and on the community overall. Most typically,

  • The library expanded its patron base and the type of populations it served.
  • It increased the number of children exposed to reading and increased parent recognition of the importance of reading.
  • The library increased the literacy rate in the community.
  • The projects improved people's job skills and increased their employability.
Table IV.6

Impact of Services Provided Through the Special Projects Grant

Number of Libraries


(N=17)

Percent of Libraries

Increased literacy rate in community

8

47.0%

Increased English proficiency of community members

6

35.3%

Increased the number of patrons/users

14

82.3%

Recruited new groups as patrons (e.g. bilingual, limited English proficiency, older adults, people with disabilities)

15

88.2%

Improved job search skills

4

23.5%

Increased employment opportunities

5

29.4%

Increased number of preschool children exposed to reading

10

58.8%

Increased recognition on the part of parents or caregivers of preschool children of the importance of reading

10

58.8%

Increased computer skills

4

23.5%

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