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Tyler Public Library receives grant from the Texas Book Festival

TYLER, April 22, 2014-- The Texas Book Festival has awarded the Tyler Public Library a collections grant of $2,480.91.  The grant will be used to fund the Library’s High Interest / Low Vocabulary literacy collection.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this grant,” said Mary Vernau, City librarian. “The funds will enable us to enhance our collection which benefits new adult readers.”

Every year public libraries across Texas apply to the Texas Book Festival to receive grant funds. The grants are intended to help initiate or continue innovative literacy and technology programs and to update and increase book collections. This year, the Festival is distributing grants up to $5,000 to 19 libraries. Since its founding, the Festival has contributed more than $2.5 million in grants to over 600 Texas public libraries.

“Our public libraries provide invaluable services that advance the causes of literacy, education and life-long learning. We are committed to supporting the important work of Texas public libraries,” said Lois Kim, Executive Director of the Texas Book Festival. “We are proud that we can continue to help libraries meet the needs of their community.”

The Texas Book Festival raises money for the grants from individual, corporate, and foundation sponsorships, the annual Gala, and from book sales at the annual Festival. The 2014 Texas Book Festival is scheduled for Oct. 25 and 26, in Austin.

For more information about the Texas Book Festival visit www.TexasBookFestival.org.

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