Texas Reads Recipients for Fiscal Year 2010
Riter C. Hulsey Public Library, Terrell, $1,500
The Riter C. Hulsey Public Library will implement the “Read and Feed” program, which will target up to 300 economically disadvantaged children in Terrell, Texas, in partnership with Southwest Christian College (SWCC) and Kaufman Area Rapid Transport (KART). The weekly program will transport children living in Section 8 housing to SWCC, where they will receive a free lunch, and then to the library where they will participate in summer reading programming, and then home again. The program’s goal is to establish a relationship with young readers and to provide children with a quality meal and structured programming over the summer months.
Rockwall County Library, $3,000
The “Reading for Adults” program will support an established and successful literacy level tutoring in ESL, GED test preparation, and U.S. citizenship test preparation that equips low literacy adults with skills that help them become confident, independent, and contributing members of the Rockwall County community.
Pflugerville Public Library, $2,260
The “Outreach Summer Reading Program” will initiate a pilot program to provide a summer reading program to developmentally disabled adult residents of local assisted living facilities. The Library will partner with caregivers and students of local colleges and universities to tailor the program to meet the special needs and abilities of these clients. Programming will be provided at the facilities, including story time, access to materials, reading discussions, and craft activities. The program’s goal is to expose adults with developmental disabilities to library resources and to develop confidence in their reading and listening abilities.
Arlington Public Library Systems, $3,000
The “MYCard campaign” will support a program to increase the number of youth aged 13-18 who have a library card and use it regularly. Funds will support a kick-off campaign event featuring a popular young adult author, and the program will last over the 2009-2010 school year and incorporate a card campaign, incentives, a “Teen Tech Week,” and summer reading club.