The Kirbyville Public Library, one of the 19 amazing libraries we awarded grants to this year, is a shining example of the small, yet immensely important improvements libraries across Texas are able to make with our funds.
Kirbyville, Texas is a mid-size city, situated 41 miles north of Beaumont and 107 miles northeast of Houston. We awarded the Kirbyville Public Library a collections enhancement grant of $2,338.67 to fund the purchase of new print and audio media for its patrons, and they’ve already began putting that money to good use.
The library has purchased the first 40 new books for its large-print collection, set up a beautiful display table with the grant-funded books, and decorated the library with posters to highlight the improvements and to explain the Texas Book Festival’s work.
Library Director Amanda Barlow says:
“We are extremely grateful to receive this grant, which will allow us to increase the potential for positive change in our community. More and more of our patrons are taking advantage of the easy-to-read, large-print books, and we’re continuing to see an increase in the number of patrons listening to audio books while driving or performing routine tasks.”
Check out the Kirbyville Public Library’s Facebook page for the latest updates on how their continuing to use their collections enhancement grant.
Since its founding in 1996, the Texas Book Festival has donated more than $2.6 million to nearly 600 libraries across Texas.
During the 2013-2014 grant cycle alone, we 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.