Grant Spotlight: The George Washington Carver Library

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It’s time for the next edition of Grant Spotlight: Library Style. The George Washington Carver Library has been chosen as one of this year’s grant-winners, and is another great example of the ways in which libraries across Texas promote literacy.

The Texas Book Festival awarded the Carver Library  a collections enhancement grant of $2,500 to fund the purchase of new nonfiction books and audio books. In addition to helping to replace old and worn titles, this grant  also allow the library to add numerous African American biographies and books that explore African American cultural and sociological change to their collections.

As a kick-off to their grant win, the Carver Library hosted a book sale on June 14th, which included many African American history books, biographies, and more. Check out the facebook page for the Carver Library, Museum, and Cultural center for the latest updates on how they’re continuing to use their collections enhancement grant.

During the 2013-2014 grant cycle alone, the TBF awarded more than $60,000 to 19 libraries− $31,813.91 in collections enhancement grants, $14,394.08 in technology grants, and $14,017.75 in literacy initiative grants. Since its founding in 1996, the Texas Book Festival has donated more than $2.6 million to nearly 600 libraries across Texas.

Did your library receive a Texas Book Festival Public Library Grant? If so, send photos and details about how your library has benefitted from the grant to

Click here to see the full list of recipients for the 2013-2014 library grant cycle.

For more information on the Texas Book Festival’s Public Library Grants, click here.