Family Place Libraries Project



Participation Requirements


Texas Family Place Libraries


Welcome to Family Place!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) initiated the Family Place Libraries™ Project in 2015 to help public libraries address early learning with a goal of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn.

The TSLAC Family Place LibrariesTM Project funds tuition for two staff members from participating Texas libraries* to attend the three-day Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute at the  Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in Centerreach, New York. The Institute teaches attendees the core elements of the Family Place LibrariesTM model and assists them with the beginning stages of developing and maintaining a Family Place Library at their facility. Participating libraries can also expect three years of follow-up and support from the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) following the training. Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to assist with the development of their Family Place Libraries™ program.

*Participating libraries are responsible for travel expenses to New York, including airfare and a rental car.**                                                            

**The Tocker Foundation has agreed to reimburse travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

FY2019 Family Place Libraries Grant Opportunity are OPEN!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is happy to announce the opening of the FY19 Family Place Libraries grant opportunity! TSLAC is looking for qualified libraries to send to Family Place Training at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York. The purpose of this grant is to create a welcoming, family-centered environment that empowers caregivers of young children as they become their child’s first teachers. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:

·         Host workshops for children 0-3 and their caregivers.

·         Develop an interactive space for this age group to play and learn in the library.

·         Forge strong partnerships with organizations serving young children and their families.

The feedback we receive from our established Family Place Libraries is important to us and we value your commitment to the program and your desire to see it grow. Based on numerous requests from established Family Place Libraries locations in Texas and a decline in the number of new applicant libraries we received in FY18, we decided to create a new opportunity this year. We are happy to announce that TSLAC will be offering established, multi-branch, Family Place Libraries the opportunity to apply for funding to expand the Family Place program into one additional branch in your library system this fiscal year.

If chosen to participate in the 2019 cohort, new and expansion libraries can expect to send staff members to training either March 25-28 or May 6-9. Following training, TSLAC will reimburse participating libraries up to $6000 to buy the supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place Library location at their facility.

As you prepare to apply for the grant, please pay close attention to the appropriate Notice of Funding Opportunity document- 

NEW Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

EXPANSION Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

Inside, you will find information on eligibility requirements as well as a scoring matrix that will provide guidance on the best information to include in your application to ensure the best scoring outcome. We also strongly suggest that you watch the free webinar: Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2018 to assist you as you make your way through the application.

We will begin accepting applications on Thursday, Nov 1, 2018. The application will close on Friday, Dec 14, 2018. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the TSLAC Grants Management System.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System or have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas, please contact Bethany Wilson at , 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free in Texas).

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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