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AI- 5150   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 03/19/2014  
FY 2015 Library Impact Grant Application
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Information
RECOMMENDATION
Ratify the submission of a grant application to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the FY 2015 Impact Grant Program.
BACKGROUND
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has announced the new Impact Grants for Library Innovation and Improvement program. The purpose of the grant is to encourage libraries to create or expand their programming and services in innovative ways that directly impact the lives of Texans. The grant provides seed funding for new library programming or services, or to improve existing programming and services that support best practices in the field.

There are three focus areas identified and applications will be accepted in these areas: skills for economic recovery; family and early childhood literacy; and electronic information technology. On September 18, 2013, the Commissioners Court accepted a $10,000 grant award under this program.
DISCUSSION
The Keach Family Library applied under their funding category for electronic information technology. The proposal includes the purchase of “Peek-a-Book” stations for the children’s department. The Peek-a-Book station is a computer system that contains a touch screen interface, downloadable library, encyclopedia and dictionary challenges, and educational puppet skits that highlight math and letter skills.

The grant application totaled $7,885 and there is no match required.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
1:
Fund Transfers

Attachments
FY15 Library Impact Application

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