Money to be used for Spanish and bilingual materials
LITTLE ELM, TX – A grant from the Texas Book Festival Collection Development fund has been awarded to the Little Elm Public Library, money which will be used to enhance the adult and children’s Spanish language collection. “We submitted a grant proposal to the Texas Book Festival grant program at the beginning of the year,” says Library Manager Lynette Roberson. “Our intention, if we were fortunate enough to win it, was to purchase material that would bolster the Spanish language and bilingual sections of our lending collection. We were delighted to have been chosen to be among the grant recipients.” Word of the bestowing of the $2,500 grant to the Little Elm Library was revealed to the library staff who were in attendance at this year’s Texas Library Association (TLA) meeting, held in San Antonio from April 19-22.
The Texas Book Festival grant program regularly announces grant awards during the annual TLA conference, next year being held in Dallas. “We hope to have the material in for the summer reading program,” said Roberson. “Some of our patrons prefer to read in Spanish, while others want to ensure their children are able to read and write in two languages. Our mission has always been to provide our community with the resources that will meet their needs.” The Texas Book Festival Library Grants program promotes literacy and supports Texas libraries by dispersing funds from both generous donations and proceeds from the Texas Book Festival. Since the Texas Book Festival’s founding in 1995 the program has funded over 1,200 grants, totaling almost $3 million to over 600 libraries. The funding program is designed to enable libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities.