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State of Texas
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
News Release
Saturday, August 27, 2011


Funds enhance library programs throughout state


AUSTIN, Texas - Young students will receive hands-on exposure to science and technology careers and oral histories from Texas World War II veterans will be digitized with grants funded in the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's fiscal year 2012 round of competitive grant awards, the agency has announced. Commissioners approved grants totaling $778,027 to 23 Texas libraries and regional library systems during their Aug. 12 meeting at TSLAC's Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building.


TSLAC awards the grants through its Library Cooperation, Special Projects, TexTreasures and Texas Reads programs, all funded through the federal Library Services and Technology Act via the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant period runs from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012.


"With funding growing scarce everywhere, Texas libraries rely on grant dollars more than ever," said TSLAC Director and Librarian Peggy D. Rudd. "These grants will help sustain and improve library programs and services throughout Texas."


A $75,000 grant to the Central Texas Library System will allow third- through seventh-grade students to explore science and technology in next summer's "Science Rocks!" program.  A $15,694 grant to Fredericksburg's National Museum of the Pacific War will fund digitization of Pacific Theater and homefront veterans' World War II memories. Several of the awards will fund archival and educational projects; others will improve resources or enhance access to information and services.


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