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Library receives Texas Book Festival grant

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The Elgin Public Library is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Texas Book Festival. The grant will be used to increase the selection of picture books, early reader books and graphic novels as well as bilingual early books. 

The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. Funding comes from book sales at the Texas Book Festival and other generous donors.

“We applied for the grant because it was obvious that our early reader picture books were in great need of updating as a major part of our collection was getting old and worn out from all the love and attention from our youngest patrons,” said interim director Heather Fowler.

Circulation clerk Jaimie Hicks said, “We tried to choose new books that reflect the growing diversity of our city’s population as well as books that give children a glimpse into the lives of people in faraway places.” 

Children’s programming director Melinda Torres is looking forward to sharing new stories on her Facebook story time, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and her new bilingual story time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

The new books will be available for curbside checkout within the next two weeks and can be viewed on the library website at elginpubliclibrary.org under the catalog link by clicking on visuals and new arrivals.  

The Elgin Public Library is continuing to serve patrons and community members with curbside check out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All programming has been moved online on Facebook, including adults and children’s programs. More information on these and how to register can be found at elginpubliclibrary.org.  Free WiFi is available 24/7 from the parking lot and grounds of the library. Printing and fax services are also still available. For more information on these services, call the library at 512-281-5678.