The Texas Book Festival announced the winners of its 2019 Texas Library Grants at the Texas Library Association conference in Austin on April 18. Forty-one public libraries across 36 Texas counties received grants totaling $100,500.
Lewisville Public Library was awarded $2,500.
TBF’s Texas Library Grants support collection enhancements, which allow public libraries to meet the unique and varied needs of their communities by updating, improving and expanding the variety of the books offered to their patrons.
“The Texas Book Festival believes in the power of libraries to educate, enrich, and delight individuals in their communities,” Lois Kim, executive director of the Texas Book Festival, said in a news release. “Our goal through our library grants is to improve free, year-round access to high quality books for Texans across the state.”
Since the Texas Book Festival’s founding in 1995, a key part of its mission has been to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, proceeds raised at the annual festival through book sales and individual, corporate and foundation sponsorships fund the festival’s Texas Library Grants. Over $3 million has been awarded to more than 800 libraries across Texas.