Family Place Libraries Project



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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.

FY2018 Family Place Libraries Grant Opportunity is CLOSED

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission is happy to announce the opening of the FY18 Family Place Libraries application! The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is looking for 12 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 community organizations serving young children and their families.

If chosen to participate in the 2018 cohort, libraries can expect to send two, full-time staff members to training either April 23-26 or May 7-10. Following training, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will provide funding support in the amount of $6000 to participating libraries to buy supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place LibraryTM location at their facility.

We will begin accepting applications on Monday, December 11th, 2017. The application will close on Friday, January 12th, 2018. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System, please contact Bethany Wilson, Youth Services Consultant, at 512-463-4856 or and I will get you set up.

Before applying, please pay close attention to the 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.

IMPORTANT!! When you reach the budget portion of your application, you are only required to fill in the line specific to Materials & Supplies. In the space for a description, please type in “Recommended Family Place Supplies”. The dollar amount should be $6,000.

If you have questions about Family Place LibrariesTM in Texas or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson at , 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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FY2018 Family Place Libraries Grant Application is now CLOSED


Page last modified: March 13, 2018