Marathon Reading Club | Marathon, TX

Supporting public libraries all across rural Texas

Helping libraries through grants, professional development stipends, and advocacy.
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Four young mothers read to their babies on a bench outside the Marathon Public Library.

Strong libraries build strong communities.

Rural libraries serves as a hub for learning, cultural enrichment, support services, and personal growth for people of all ages.


Libraries bolster education by offering literacy initiatives, STEM and GED courses, and afterschool programs for preschool to K-12 students.

Arts & Technology

Libraries enrich communities with art and cultural programs, history and genealogy research, tech access, and broadband help.

Human Services

Libraries offer resources and help for everyone, including shelter, food aid, and language support for immigrants and the homeless.

Community Wellness

Library programs fortify communities by nurturing education, sparking creativity through arts and tech, providing critical human services, enhancing wellness, and bolstering economic growth.

Economic Development

Libraries aid economic growth by providing job search assistance, resume workshops, and support for small business development.

Maximizing Impact with Transformative Grants

The Transformation Grant’s unorthodox approach to engaging with grant applicants on the front end has been a wonderful experience for us.

The architect and Tocker staff were generous in sharing their expertise and wisdom in ways that gave us the confidence to proceed with what is, for us, a massive undertaking.

Board Chair | Commerce Public Library

Unfettered access to information and the exchange of ideas are essential to the preservation of a free and democratic society.

We support intellectual freedom

We oppose censorship and any effort to coerce belief, suppress opinion, or punish those whose expression does not conform to what is deemed to be orthodox in history, politics, or belief.

We are committed to protecting the constitutional rights of all individuals, of all ages, to use the resources and services of libraries.

We champion and defend the freedom to speak, the freedom to publish, and the freedom to read, as promised by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Our Impact


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Libraries transformed