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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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Eric Paul


Bots and Books Update

May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!

The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!

Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!

Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.

And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!

Smithville Public Library
Taylor Public Library
harker heights
Harker Heights Public Library
Corpus Girl Scounts Q3 4
Corpus Christi Public Library


Fund Your Summer Reading Program (and Teen Interns!)

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer two kinds of grants for libraries to use in planning their summer reading programs.  The Summer Reading Grant will give twenty libraries $1,000 each for summer reading programs for teens in 2012. The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant provides forty libraries with $1,000 each to utilize teen interns to aid in their summer reading programs. To read eligibility requirements and download an application for both grants, please visit Applications for both due Jan. 1.