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AI- 8753   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 08/30/2017  
FY2018 Library Special Projects Grant
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, 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 FY2018 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. On September 14, 2016, the County received a second award under this program. “Tech You’re It! @ the Library 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. The program began on September 1, 2016 and will end on August 31, 2017.
DISCUSSION
On March 7, 2017, the Commissioners Court ratified the submission of an application to TSLAC for their FY2018 Special Projects Grant Program. For “Tech You’re It! @ the Library 3.0,” the Library would like to add 15 iPads, more robotics, and STEM related devices to the program. The grant award totals $74,962.00 and there is no match required.

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FY18 Library Special Projects Contract

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