TexTreasures Grants Awarded to Libraries Across the State of Texas

TexTreasures grants provide access to libraries’ special or unique holdings, and support the dissemination of information about these holdings to all Texans. For more information on TexTreasures grants, please go to the TexTreasures web page.

  • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin ($12,833) to make the Bexar Archives available online.
  • Houston Public Library ($20,000) to digitize and transcribe Houston Metropolitan Research Center oral histories.
  • University of North Texas ($25,000) to digitize and provide free public access to the earliest Texas newspapers held by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin.
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ($20,000) for the “Making Cancer History® Voices” oral history project.
  • Southern Methodist University ($20,000) to digitize 19th century photographs that depict Texans from a variety of cultural groups: Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and American Indian, as well as locations from all regions of the state.
  • University of Texas at El Paso ($19,540) to make materials documenting the history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) on the U.S.-Mexico border and the military buildup that occurred on the U.S. side of the border during those years available.
  • University of Houston ($19,863) to digitize filmed programming from KUHT, Houston’s Public television station.
  • Helen Hall Library, League City ($4,000) to digitize photographs documenting the history of League City, North Galveston County and the surrounding Bay Area.
  • Victoria College ($17,225) to digitize and provide access to the exhibit, Ranching in the Coastal Bend, 1845 – 1920.
  • Sam Houston State University ($8,000) to document the lives of Texas military veterans through video oral histories

Other Grants Awarded from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has awarded $789,261 in competitive grants to libraries and regional library systems across the state that support library collaboration, literacy and educational attainment initiatives, digitization, and resource sharing.

These grant programs are administered by TSLAC and are funded primarily by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Four grant programs will support 29 projects from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011, as follows:

LSTA Competitive Grants

Library Cooperation Grants promote the development of public and private partnerships between libraries and other agencies and community-based organizations.
• “Parker County Library Association” Project ($51,821) to Weatherford Public Library (near Tarrant County) to maintain and expand an integrated library system that allows the rural public libraries of Parker County to share resources.
• “Regional Resource Sharing – Arlington and Mansfield” Project ($73,749) to Arlington Public Library System to create a shared library catalog and databases for residents of Arlington and Mansfield.
• “HeirLoom: Something Worth Saving, Something Worth Sharing” Project ($73,966) to Texas A&M University – Commerce. The oral history and archives project will encourage collaboration among rural public libraries and Texas A&M University-Commerce, as well as increasing the participation of African-Americans in the collection, preservation, and sharing of local community history.
• “Information Literacy” Project ($75,000) to North Texas Library Partners to provide information literacy classes and resources to area libraries.

Special Projects Grants fund programs that expand library services to all members of the library’s community and enable libraries to develop programs for populations with special needs.
• “Ready to Read (RTR)” Project ($65,713) to Central Texas Library System (CTLS) to impact the school readiness of disadvantaged children by providing early literacy classes to parents and teachers at local HeadStart centers.
• “Interactive Technology and Family Literacy” Project ($48,508) at the Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library, an academic/public partnership between El Paso Community College and the El Paso Public Library, to address low literacy levels and lack of familiarity with technology in the communities of northwest El Paso County.
• “Homebound” Project ($75,000) to North Texas Library Partners help libraries find ways to reach out and provide library services to the homebound.
• “Library LINK” Project ($58,610) to Arlington Public Library System to expand the number of community libraries located in Title I elementary schools.
• “Basic Computer Literacy Training” Project ($5,445) to Alpine Public Library to develop a computer literacy training program targeted at adults seeking to improve their computer literacy and job marketability.
• “La Familia Leyendo Juntos; The Family Reading Together” Project ($74,984) to Dallas Public Library to expand a highly successful English literacy instruction program for parents and K-3 children at branches with large Hispanic populations.

Texas Reads

Texas Reads grants support of reading and literacy projects in local area libraries through the sale of specialty “Texas Reads” license plates.

• “I Read to Animals” ($1,042) to Longview Public Library to enhance the reading skills of children K-6 by having them read aloud to animals.
• “Every Child Ready to Read” ($521) to Harlingen Public Library to support early literacy development through lapsit story times and information sessions at local partnering agencies.
• “Toddler Time” ($1,100) to Marathon/Alpine Public Library to provide bilingual materials for pre-K and K-3 children.
• “Book Club in a Bag” ($2,361) to Bastrop Public Library so that book clubs can borrow multiple copies of selected books for their members.
• “Sock It to Me” ($3,000) to JR Huffman Public Library in Hemphill, Texas, to support a children’s summer reading program.
• “ALLen Reads” ($3,000) to Allen Public Library to support a well-established “one-book” reading program.
• “Neighbors Read” ($2,980) to Sachse Public Library to support a reading program in the cities of Wylie and Sachse.
• “The Important Club” ($3,000) to Helen Hall Library in League City to support a program focused on important books and important movies.
• “One Book One Community” ($3,000) to Watauga Public Library for a summer reading “one book” program.

Do you have your Texas Reads license plate? They are only $30 and can be purchased from your county tax assessor-collector.

Congratulations grantees!

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