Public libraries are eligible for Emergency Connectivity Fund. Apply now.

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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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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, …

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

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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 …

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TSLAC helps small libraries provide E-books to patrons.

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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 …

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FaceTime helps Dublin Public Library keep distance and keep serving their community.

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Resourceful librarians have adapted quickly to continue offering services to their communities during the pandemic. This important skill really kicked in for Adina Dunn of the Dublin Public Library. Even before forced closures, the library started offering curbside services in early March. To follow recommended guidelines, they first installed a Ring® doorbell to notify staff of a patron’s arrival, however …

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Keach Family Library keeps patrons busy with 30 virtual services and programs.

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The buildings may be closed to visitors but library staff all over the state are working hard to serve their patrons even in the most difficult of times. Keach Family Library in Robstown, part of Nueces County, amassed a list of 30 services and activities for patrons of all ages available during the pandemic . Here are the top ten: …