Supporting Public Libraries All Across Rural Texas

Roanoke Public Library | Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Public Library | Roanoke, TX
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Roanoke Public Library | Roanoke, TX

Apply now for June Grants!

Our grant cycle is going forward as planned. The application deadline is June 1.

Libraries for All

Pervasive racism present in our nation denies its residents equal rights and equal access and as such, is one of the greatest obstacles to the public libraries’ mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information to all.
The Tocker Foundation stands in solidarity with the American Library Association, with library workers, library users, and  members of the communities we serve and support who are susceptible to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and even death based solely on their race or ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability or age.

Resources for Emergency Funding

Libraries may be eligible for time-sensitive relief grants from the following organizations
Strong libraries build strong communities
The Tocker Foundation is dedicated to the support of public, rural libraries of Texas. Our grant-making focuses on inviting, open patron spaces, community connectivity, effective use of technology, digitization of public records as an extension of services, and a robust community resource with programming and accessibility for patrons of all ages. We encourage the evolution of libraries in the digital age by helping those in rural parts of the state to respond to the rapid pace of change. We look forward to serving in this direction for many years.

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Beyond Books

Rural Libraries offer programs and services which enable smaller communities to grow.
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Our measure of success is not about how many books are circulated or how many people attend our programs, but by the quality of life in our communities.
Pam Smith
President | Public Library Association

Biannual Library Grants

The Tocker Foundation considers projects that enhance the services provided by the public library.
Application DeadlinesJanuary 15th & June 1st
Our newly modernized library is now thriving. The community of Fairfield is forever grateful for Tocker Foundation’s generosity.  

Tammy Gawryszewski
Fairfield Library | Fairfield, TX

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Recent Posts

It is your [librarians’] unique combination of skills and ethical center that must fight disinformation and reweave the connective tissue of our communities and our very democracy.

Books Matter, a curated list of titles where kids can see themselves reflected in the story.

Children of color make up about 40% of the population, yet recent statistics show that the number of children’s books featuring people of color has hovered around 10% for the past several years. Other types of diversity—including ability, socioeconomic status and LGBT people and families—are also sorely lacking. Children should be able to see themselves reflected in the world around ... Read More

Libraries are cornerstones of their communities.

Libraries in America defend the constitutional rights of all individuals and are cornerstones of the communities they serve. We celebrate and preserve our democratic society so that all individuals have the opportunity to become life-long learners and engaged residents – informed, literate, educated and culturally enriched. American Libraries Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021

Meridian Public Library gets a big thumbs-up for their new book drop.

A Tocker Foundation grant in 2020 provided new books, a security system and a new outdoor drop box for book returns. Library staff members were thrilled by patron response to all three, but they were unprepared for the excitement generated by this upgraded book drop. Nearly 1,000 people checked it out on their Facebook page. If you ‘judge a book ... Read More