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Public libraries are eligible for Emergency Connectivity Fund

The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a one-time, $7.17 billion funding program authorized by the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA) and directed at remote learning through libraries and K-12 schools. Application period ends on August 13, 2021. Fund period runs July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022. Visit the ECF or the American Library Association’s dedicated page to get up to speed
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July 26, 2021

Funding

Writers’ League of Texas ready to take their Texas Writes program back on the road

Is your library ready to host in-person programming again? The Writers’ League of Texas is seeking rural libraries interested in hosting their free, 3 hour writing workshop, Texas Writes. Each workshop includes two presentations on the craft of writing by published authors, plus a moderated conversation and Q&A. Workshops are free and open to all. Twelve to fifteen rural libraries
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June 11, 2021

News

Jeff Davis County Library, Friends Group and Food Pantry join forces to deliver mobile services

In far West Texas, good things are happening for residents in Jeff Davis County. Local leaders of the Jeff Davis County Library, the Friends of the Library and the local food pantry have formed a unique partnership to serve their community by meeting them where they are with a mobile unit dubbed Mobile Comunidad. The new van will deliver food,
Mobile Comunidad Feeding Minds and Bodies
June 9, 2021

Library Services

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Fighting Disinformation

March 25, 2021

Intellectual Freedom

Diverse book titles for kids

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
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March 18, 2021

Impact

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Libraries are cornerstones of their communities

March 2, 2021

Intellectual Freedom

Meridian Public Library upgrades book drop

Tocker grant upgrades book drop, thrilling 1,000+ on Facebook.
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January 25, 2021

Library Services

TSLAC helps libraries provide E-books to patrons

TSLAC boosts small libraries with free e-books. Over 6,000 titles available!
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December 3, 2020

Funding

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Libraries are Essential

Libraries don’t have to be open to be essential.
November 20, 2020

Impact