TSLAC Cares Grant Program - Recipients

Grant Overview

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What is Digital Inclusion?


CARES Grants for Texas Libraries - Assisting Communities in Response to COVID-19

Cycle 1

Allen Public Library
Allen Public Library will use grant funds to purchase a mobile check-out unit and a library document station to help serve community needs and enable social distancing. These resources will allow patrons to access library resources with less contact to other persons or staff.

Atlanta Public Library
The Atlanta Public Library will use grant funds to expand its wi-fi capacity and enable better social distancing for in-person use of the facility. Additionally, the library also requested support for cleaning supplies and materials needed to serve the public.

Austin Public Library
The Austin Public Library will use grant funds to provide Chromebooks and 150 hotspots to help close the digital divide in the Austin area. Targeted but not limited to students needing access from home, increased connectivity will mean that citizens will be empowered to access educational, government and medical resources, pursue employment, and connect with family. TSLAC CARES funds will also support the purchase of plexiglass dividers to be used in the library to enhance safety for persons accessing computer stations.

Bastrop Public Library
Bastrop Public Library will use grant funds to support the addition of hardware, software, accessories, and furniture needed to implement both contactless and touchless self-checkout options for users.

BiblioTech will use TSLAC CARES funds to purchase 180 hotspots for distribution to high school seniors in Bexar County in partnership with the San Antonio Independent School District and the Harlandale Independent School District. These hotspots will allow students to connect to the classroom and will offer their parents access to resources to continue their own online training and job application process. These hotspots will also give these students and families readily available access to the entire digital collection of BiblioTech, the country's first all-digital public library.

Bonham Public Library
Bonham Public Library will use grant funds to reduce direct patron/staff contact without reducing customer service, and to improve technical services while allowing for social distancing and limits on the number of patrons in the library. This includes the purchase of self-serve checkout kiosks, a hands-free print and payment station, expansion of wi-fi access to new outdoor seating areas, wi-fi hotspots and tablets that may be checked out for use at home, and video equipment for the development of online programming. 

Bowie Public Library
Bowie Public Library will use grant funds to purchase technology, including laptops for check-out, printers for public use, and mobile hotspots. The library plans to augment this technology with materials specifically designed to support the needs of job seekers.

Buda Public Library
Buda Public Library will use grant funds for equipment to enable the creation and deployment of virtual community programming as well as take-home activity kits to continue supporting learning.

Carrollton Public Library
Grant funds will enable the Carrollton Public Library to increase internet accessibility to library users by purchasing 40 mobile hotspots and service for weekly circulation. Mobile hotspots will be available to residents to assist with schoolwork, job hunting, and technical skill building as they cope with the ongoing limitations and closures due to COVID-19. Mobile hotspots will provide safe, convenient internet service to Carrollton residents.

Dallas Public Library
Dallas Public Library requested funds for the purchase of chrome books, wired mice, USB drives, carrying cases, and console management subscriptions in order to provide access to computers and internet access to individuals who would otherwise not be able to have it. The program is aimed at helping to bridge the digital divide and balance the technological inequity faced by low-income citizens.

Gatesville Public Library
Gatesville Public Library requested funds for 10 hotspots and 10 laptops and capacity for wireless printing for patrons, as well as equipment to enable the library to produce and offer virtual programming for students. The library additionally requested funds for personal protective equipment for staff.

Harlingen Public Library
Grant funds will provide Harlingen Public Library with a self-checkout service designed to allow community members to safely borrow materials, pay fines, and learn about library resources and local services. It also protects library staff by reducing the need for them to closely interact with library patrons. Broadly, the purpose of the self-checkout system is to help community members access library resources and local information while protecting the health and safety of patrons and library staff. 

Irving Public Library
Irving Public Library will use the grant to fund the purchase of three contactless/self-service stations for with six tablets for checkout. The tablets will enable our users to access the library’s resources while remaining safe and socially distant. The library also requested support for cleaning supplies.

Johnson City Library
The Johnson City Library is partnering with four community-based organizations to address digital inclusion needs that have substantially grown during COVID-19 crisis.

Judy B McDonald Public Library
Grant funds will enable the Judy B. McDonald Public Library to provide online homework help, hotspots, and laptops for community. The library will subscribe to an online homework help program providing tutoring for students of all ages and career assistance for veterans. Hotspots will be loaned to apartment complexes for use by their residents in community or laundry rooms, and the library will partner with the city’s Recreation Center to offer roaming internet service in area parks and neighborhoods with its Center vehicle. In addition, the library will continue working with the local school district to provide resources and will make laptops available for checkout by the families of City employees. 

Kaufman County Library
Grant funds will provide Kaufman County Library with higher wireless bandwidth, nine laptops, and six space-saving desktop workstations to serve the library's online learners. Increasing the library’s bandwidth allows students to upload and/or download larger amounts of content and increase data transfer capabilities. The laptops and workstations will be set up in meeting rooms and other designated areas to provide access while maintaining social distancing.

Kennedale Public Library
Grant funds will provide Chromebooks & hotspots for checkout so that patrons who cannot afford internet services will be able to access technology as needed from home. Providing this service will allow residents to apply for unemployment, search for jobs, apply for needed government services and participate in vital telehealth services. Mobile printing and mobile self-check will also assist community members by offering access to high-demand faxing, copying, printing services, as well as self-check that enables patrons to quickly get in and out of the library.

Laredo Public Library
Laredo Public Library requested grant funds to purchase laptops to circulate to citizens, equipment to create online programming with high-quality production value, and provide STEM resources and learning kits to support instruction.

Little Elm Public Library
Little Elm Public Library will use grant funds to increase its mobile hotspot lending program, secure remote access software to allow library staff to provide technology support remotely to the library patrons, and upgrade computers for public use.

Marathon Public Library
Marathon Public Library requested grant funds for mobile hotspots, iPads, equipment for virtual programming, and personal protective equipment. The library is focused on providing a greater means for the community to access the internet as well as library resources.

Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library
Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library will use grant funds to expand digital services and the library’s hotspot lending program. The library also requested support for equipment to facilitate curbside services, expand outdoor wireless capacity, and implement virtual programming, as well as support for cleaning supplies.  

McCulloch County Library
McCulloch County Library requested funds to satisfy the educational needs of McCulloch County students with the addition of 54 laptops, 25 iPads, and 42 sets of noise canceling headphones to augment the library's public technology collection.

Mesquite Public Library
Mesquite Public Library will use grant funds to purchase hotspots and equipment to create a Job Seeker Support initiative. The library also requested support for furniture to help implement social distancing.

Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library will use funds to increase community digital inclusion. By partnering with Brenham ISD, the library will purchase a distance learning bundle which includes LTE Chromebooks, hotspots, and a data plan. The library will also secure an interactive white board to support programming needs and workforce resource materials. 

North Richland Hills Public Library
To meet the need for social distancing, contact-less circulation, and effective curbside delivery, the Library will use grant funds to obtain software that will support stand-alone checkout kiosks, contact-less circulation through a mobile app checkout, and curbside delivery management. Implementing these services will de-anchor patrons from circulation desks and limited, stationary self-check stations. The Library anticipates library users will check out more materials, benefit from increased efficiency of curbside pickups, and report increased satisfaction.

Nueces County Keach Family Library
The goal of the Nueces County Libraries TECH2Go is to help eliminate digital inclusion barriers in Nueces County. Grant funds will support the purchase of a self-service station to check out tablets, laptops, hotspots, increased internet and wi-fi speed that will reach into the library’s parking lot, enhanced website capabilities for users, video equipment for remote programming, and an online tutoring program for young and adult learners.

Patrick Heath Public Library
The Patrick Heath Public Library will use grant funds to reimburse purchases made to keep the community of Boerne safe and allow broad use of the library building and technology access. The library purchased an automated temperature check station for the front of the library, regular building sanitization, social distancing signage and markers, sneeze shields and a portable hand sanitization station.

Pottsboro Area Public Library
Pottsboro Area Public Library will use grant funds in an innovative project to partner with the Educational Broadcast Service to use reserved spectrum to provide home internet access to teachers and high school and college students without such access. The TSLAC CARES grant will fund the purchase of 40 routers to receive the EBS spectrum signal in selected low-income students' homes within reach of the signal.

Rio Grande City Public Library
The Rio Grande City Public Library will use grant funds to purchase laptops and workstations to support the needs of a community with limited access to computers and internet at home. This will allow the library to more adequately meet the needs of its patrons, giving more students access to computers in order to fulfill class requirements, as well as allowing more adults to apply for and take advantage of resources available to them in response to COVID-19, such as unemployment benefits and job searches. Funds will also support the purchase of 3D supplies to print face masks and shields for the community.

Rita & Truett Smith Public Library
Rita & Truett Smith Public Library will use funds to support learning at home (and providing back up for parents) by providing access to an online tutoring service. The library will also purchase 25 mobile hotspots for checkout and will facilitate remote access by adding Chromebooks and software to better enable chat and online customer services.

Riter C. Hulsey Public Library
Riter C. Hulsey Public Library will use grant funds to purchase eight new laptops for public use as well as new circulating hotspots to facilitate home internet access. Additionally, the library will procure equipment to allow for contact-free service by securing a self-checkout kiosk and other equipment to allow patrons to access library services will minimizing physical contact.

Round Rock Public Library System
Rock Public Library System requested funds to support contactless and curbside services. The library will add exterior outdoor lockers that will allow patrons (who will be provided codes when they request the checkout of materials or technology) to pick up resources 24/7.

San Antonio Public Library
San Antonio Public Library will grant funds to focus on digital inclusion in its COVID-19 response by increasing use and awareness of its free wi-fi in parking areas by boosting signals where needed and designating increase use areas. Additionally, the library will expand the reach of the library's wi-fi through the retrofit and redeployment of four existing library vehicles, which will be sent throughout the city in areas of need to provide free wi-fi in parks and other areas at regularly established times.

Schertz Public Library
Schertz Public Library will use grant funds to purchase equipment and software to create virtual programming and in-demand e-books. The Library will also purchase access to popular online crafting resources, as well as content that will enhance educational and professional goals. Funds will also support creating a safe environment for community users with contactless check-out and extra monitors that will enable library staff to assist patrons one-on-one without close contact.   

Texas Woman's University
Texas Woman’s University Libraries’ program will provide mobile hotspots and laptops to students who reside in lower economic neighborhoods. Funds will give these students long term access to the digital tools they need to adequately access their courses online; needed data, information, and knowledge; and the necessary digital tools to successfully complete their coursework. Such access provides economically challenged undergraduate and graduate students at TWU with the same equitable access as is provided to more affluent students, thus narrowing this portion of the digital divide.

The Colony Public Library
Grant funds will enable The Colony Public Library to expand internet service outside the walls of its building to the parking lot, meeting a community need for strong, accessible, 24/7 freely available wireless internet. Once installed, the library will connect with Lewisville Independent School District and other local social service organizations to raise awareness about this resource throughout the county.

Tom Green County Library System
Tom Green County Library will use grant funds to install permanent hot spots throughout the community, with a particular emphasis on rural, outlying communities. TGCL will work with San Angelo ISD and the county's rural school districts to identify areas where students who receive free and reduced school lunch services reside, targeting those areas for public, communal hot spots. Placing hot spot stations throughout the community will get Internet services closer to where people live and work, allowing them to complete online tasks without the need to come to, or in, the library's four walls. Grant funds will also support expansion of the library’s popular hot spot lending program, the purchase of PPE, and 3D supplies to develop protective gear in-house.

University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at San Antonio will use grant funds to support student needs by purchasing 54 additional laptops for student use. The library anticipates immediate use for these devices as many students do not have sufficiently robust personal technology to meet course requirements.


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