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AI- 7690   4. C. 1.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 09/14/2016  
2017 Library Special Projects grant award
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider the execution of a grant contract with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the FY2017 Special Projects Grant Program.
BACKGROUND
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission announced the new Special Projects Grants provide funds for programs that expand library services to all members of the library's community. Cooperation Grants provide funds for programs that promote cooperative services for learning and access to information.

On September 2, 2015, the Commissioners Court ratified the execution of a grant contract for the “Tech You’re It! @ the Library” program. The program targets lower income and at- risk youth 2 to 19 years of age. The program will create the Youth Learning Center (YLC) and the Youth Technology Center (YTC) to provide more access to computers and the Internet. The grant totaled $74,719 with no match required. The program began on September 1, 2015 and ended on August 31, 2016.
DISCUSSION
On March 23, 2016, the Commissioners Court ratified the submission of a grant application to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the FY2017 Special Projects Grant Program.

“Tech You’re It! @ the Library 2.0” is a continuation of the existing grant project at the Nueces County Public Libraries. Version 2.0 broadens the program goals to continue to provide access to Internet, online resources, information literacy, and technology to area youth with the additional goal of providing instruction and materials to increase proficiency in using technology not only in the library but out in the community and help the youth of our community become lifelong learners. A new key element is to be more mobile and easily take resources outside the library to offer programs anywhere in the community.

The grant award totals $74,547 and there is no match required.

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