Supporting Public Libraries All Across Rural Texas
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 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 BooksRural 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 SmithPresident | Public Library Association
Biannual Library GrantsThe Tocker Foundation considers projects that enhance the services provided by the public library.
Application DeadlinesJanuary 15th & June 1st
TSLAC helps small libraries provide E-books to patrons.Small, public libraries* with little or no e-book content recently got a boost when TSLAC began purchasing digital books for libraries to lend through SimplyE, an e-book app. Over 6,000 titles and growing in this collection that includes popular adult fiction and non-fiction, selections from various university presses and TIME for Kids. A focus on ease of use means readers ... Read More
Libraries don’t have to be open to be essential.