Texas Book Festival Grant Award

Texas Book Festival Grant book list: more titles will be added to the list as new books come in.
Earlier in 2010 I applied for Texas Book Festival Grant for Haggard Library’s Chinese books. With the help of Joyce Dorsey and Cathy Ziegler, who successfully applied for the grant before, I got the application done in time.
I am very happy to announce that Haggard Library won $2,500 for Chinese books from 2009 Texas Book Festival Grant!
TBF Grant Award Certificate 2009

Library’s press release

Library system receives two Texas Book Festival grants
By Zach Markovic, zmarkovic@acnpapers.com
Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 2:38 AM CDT online
Harry Potter may be able to fend off magical villains, but he is no match for a sagging economy.Fortunately, children’s favorite stories at the public library have other heroes looking out for them in the form of money from charitable organizations. The Plano Public Library System was targeted by such an entity when it was awarded two $2,500 grants from the Texas Book Festival.For Kathy Ziegler, PPLS director of libraries, the grants are a chance to bolster the library system’s collection. She said the Plano libraries have been lucky so far because the collection development budget has not been cut. This is unlike many libraries across Texas. But with the economy in its current state, she said she understands their luck can change.
“Because we check out annually 3.3 million items, the community relies on our wide range of materials to meet their needs,” Ziegler said. “So we are thrilled to be able to supplement that with these grants.”They already know where the grants will go. Harrington Library will use the grant funds for children’s classics as well as children’s and adult popular series titles. Haggard Library will expand and improve its collection of Chinese language materials.”We can target specific areas with grants of these sort,” Ziegler said. “For instance, the Chinese collection does not have as much depth as we would like, but it has a high rate of check-out, especially the cookbooks. If we can target an area that really needs help, it is that little bit of icing on the cake.”The Texas Book Festival grants are intended to help initiate or continue innovative library and technology programs and to upgrade book collections. The festival’s mission is to provide additional financial assistance to the state’s public libraries, said executive director Heidi Marquez Smith.”(We want) to help meet the needs of the community libraries as they supply various resources they tailor for their community,” Smith said. “Remote towns with truckers that come through will have a large supply of books on tape. That is not a model that happens everywhere. We want to be able to support libraries and what they do, be it literacy or access to technology.”Since its founding in 1996, more than $2.5 million in grants has been awarded to 600 Texas public libraries. In 2010, more than $100,000 was distributed to 33 libraries throughout the state. The 2010 Texas Book Festival is scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17 at the Capitol building in Austin.”Our librarians have volunteered with the organization since it started in the ’90s,” Ziegler said. “We have worked the festival and attended their conferences. And they turn around and support libraries and what they are about.”While the grants will not come through in time to meet the busy summer schedule, Ziegler said they will help the circulation supply for the future, and that is all that matters.”Many of our programs are funded by the friends of the public libraries.”