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AI- 6363   3. J.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 06/24/2015  
Library Family Place Grant Money
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Information
RECOMMENDATION
Ratify the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Nueces County for grant funding for the Keach Family Library.
BACKGROUND
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission recently approved funding for 36 Texas libraries to address early learning priorities in their communities and ensure that all children enter school ready and able to learn through training provided by Family Place Libraries. Expanding the traditional role of children's services, Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children's growth and development.
Family Place Libraries promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers.
DISCUSSION
The Nueces County Keach Family Library will receive funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to develop a Family Place Library program and learning environment in the children’s area. The funds may be used to purchase toys, books, furniture, and shelving, all for children from birth to three, and a parenting collection for the program, according to the Family Place guidelines.

The grant amount is $6,000 and due to a short timeline for encumbering the funds, the MOU was immediately executed. There is no cash 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
Library Family Place Grant Money

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