Category Archives: funding

Hancher Library Foundation Grant Recipients

These CTLS libraries received grants from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation of Columbus, Texas in amounts from $2,115 to $40,000.

Projects funded were computers, collection development, digitization, programming, and a teen area.

We are grateful to the foundation for helping our libraries! If your library received a grant and is not listed below, please contact Laurie at the system office.

Tye Preston – Canyon Lake
Dripping Springs
Port Aransas
Port O’Connor
Round Top

Congratulations to the recipient libraries and thank you to the foundation!

Round Rock Public Library Hosting Star Wars-Themed Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

From Round Rock Public Library Director Michelle Cervantes:

Star Wars-themed fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey recovery
Donate to the Red Cross, learn light saber stage fighting
August 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come join the Lone Star Saber Academy at Round Rock Public Library for stage saber combat instruction to benefit relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods.

In exchange for a donation to the American Red Cross, participants will enjoy a lesson on stage-fighting with sabers. No minimum donation has been set, but please give generously.

Sessions will be available from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library’s Room A on Wednesday, Aug. 30. You may arrive at any time, enjoy watching other classes and chatting with other aspiring Jedi, win Star Wars raffle prizes, and help our neighbors in Harvey’s path.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at intervals throughout the event. Tickets are $5, and winners must be present to claim their prize.

This event is best enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults who can work in small groups and pay attention to an instructor without being distracted by a light saber in their hands. We recommend a minimum age of 5 years.

All money will be collected and organized by Friends of the Round Rock Public Library, a group of volunteers who work together to extend the Library’s impact in the community, then donated to the Red Cross disaster relief effort for the hurricane and flooding events associated with Hurricane Harvey.

The Lone Star Saber Academy is a local organization made up of volunteer Battle Saber Enthusiasts who use their passion for Star Wars and the saber to give back to and serve the community. Photos of the group’s saber combat instruction from the Library’s Star Wars Reads Day activity can be found in this photo album.

Please come support your fellow Texans.

Shopping with Amazon Smile Can Support Your Favorite Organizations

Support Charity While Shopping for Father's Day


When you are making Amazon purchases, please remember that you can continue to support the work CTLS does by shopping through Amazon Smile. Of course, this is also our reminder that you can set up a similar Smile account for your library/Friends group and share this with your community! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases. You can learn more about getting started here. Have any of you done this? Have you found it to be worthwhile? Please share with us your experience!

Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission produced a study of the economic impact of public libraries in Texas using data from the 2015 fiscal year. This study was lead by Dr. James Jarrett, Senior Research Scientist of the Bureau of Business Research, IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. The economic modeling was performed by Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.

The short version is that Texas communities gain an average of $4.64 in benefits for every $1.00 invested in their public library. The full text of the press release is at A video announcement may be viewed at

Nellie Pederson Civic Library Receives $4,000 Grant from Texas New Mexico Power


Shared from Bosque County Today:

“The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton recently received a grant from the Texas-New Mexico Power Fund for children’s books. The $4,000 grant awarded last month is for the purchase of 150 books and 30 audio books for juvenile-age readers and young children in the Clifton area. Raymond Zuehlke, president of the Nellie Pederson Civic Library’s advisory board, thanked the Power Fund for helping expand the library’s services to the next generation of readers.”

Check out the Texas New Mexico Power website for more information on their future grant opportunities.

BBQ for Books in Lampasas

Each year on the Monday before Halloween, the Lampasas Public Library hosts a fundraising event called BBQ for Books.


The event has grown each year and this year they anticipated selling 900 meals! Their Foundation trustees go around town selling tickets and taking group orders. 10 local women organize the annual event, over 60 volunteers help make sheet cakes, and 20 volunteers work shifts the day of the event. Director in Lampasas, Shanda Subia, says, ” We could not do this without volunteers. There’s just no way. We really appreciate the community coming together to support this event every year – whether by volunteering or by buying tickets (or both!).”

Congratulations on such a successful event!




Applications for 2016 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Being Accepted Now

From the TSLAC blog:

Small public libraries, it’s time to apply for your 2016 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award grant now! Eligible public libraries serving populations under 20,000 can apply for cash grants to purchase books. Applications for the 2016 awards must be received before December 18, 2015.

Eligible libraries must: serve a population of 20,000 or less, be legally established, and be open for service at least 20 hours per week. Award amounts vary depending upon the net income of the Trust but as an example, in 2013, there were four awards of $8,000 each.

Announcement of the awards is made at the annual meeting of the Texas Library Association.
Get all the eligibility details and information about how to apply here.

Questions? Contact James B. Stewart, Chairman of the J. Frank Dobie Library Trust, by email at

Gatesville project awarded TNMP Power Grant

The Gatesville Public Library is going to be expanding their 3D printing and purchasing more robotics kits with this wonderful new grant!


Press Release: July 7, 2015

Gatesville project awarded TNMP Power Grant

LEWISVILLE, Texas – A Gatesville Public Library project is one of seven from around Texas-New Mexico Power’s service area to be awarded an inaugural TNMP Power Grant.

The $3,727 grant will help to expand the library’s robotics program. The program was limited to 15 young people last year, but will expand to 25 kids and add 3D design and printing thanks to the grant.

“The technology we’ll be purchasing with the grant can put our kids and our adults on a level playing field with people in bigger cities in terms of developing their skills for the work force and preparing them for college,” said Faye Nichols, library director.


Supporting communities

The TNMP Fund in April introduced the grants to invest in our communities. The fund sought innovative and creative proposals that support the communities TNMP serves.

“We’re pleased to help expand this educational opportunity for young people in Gatesville,” said TNMP President Neal Walker. “We look forward to working with the library, seeing the projects and the impact they make.”

More than 50 qualified 501(c)3 nonprofits and municipalities applied for grants up to $5,000 each. A total of $30,000 in funding was awarded.

Funding priorities included:

  •  community safety.
  • economic development.
  • education.
  • environment.


Other recipient organizations & projects

  •  Alvin Community College Foundation, $5,000: Ten students meeting financial needs will receive $500 scholarships to complete vocational training and begin job interviews in their chosen industries.
  •  City of Emory, $5,000: Funding will go toward the purchase and installation of three bridges over a creek that will help complete a walking trail in a 12-acre park on land acquired in 2013.
  • Hamilton ISD, $3,861: Students in grades 1-8 will build a garden using Aquaponics, which uses nutrient-rich fish tank water to provide plant food to vegetables and herbs in grow beds as can yield up to 20 times more produce than growth in traditional soil.
  • College of the Mainland, $4,830: Twenty pair of high-quality, water-resistant binoculars will be purchased to enable biology and geology students at the Texas City school to study nesting birds around Galveston Bay. Students in an over-50 continuing education program also will use the binoculars for similar projects.
  • M.I. Lewis Social Service Center, $2,582: Additional groceries will be purchased from the Galveston County Food Bank for scheduled deliveries to 40 homebound senior citizens in the Dickinson area.
  • City of Nocona, $5,000: Expansion of the current basic recycling program to enhance rural residents a single drop-off location for all household recyclables.

TNMP is a transmission and distribution service provider that delivers power to about 236,000 homes and businesses on behalf of retail electric providers in Texas. More information is available at

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