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Liberty Library gets grant
Big Thicket Messenger - July 2008
The Liberty Municipal Library recently receive a $6,364 grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through Loan Star Libraries, the direct state aid program for Texas public libraries. This year’s grant was used to purchase reference works for adults and juveniles, and Spanish language materials.
Several major purchases include the 2008 World Book Encyclopedia and Magill’s Medical Guide. The five volume Magill’s medical encyclopedia contains more than 1,000 entries.
Features include symptoms and warning signs, a pharmaceutical list surveying brand name and generic drugs, and almost 900 diseases and other medical conditions.
Other new books include The Encyclopedia of World Biography, The Encyclopedia of World Scientists, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, individual works on cancer and other diseases, world astronomy and other science topics, biographies, The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, and many more.
Spanish language materials include many works of popular fiction and non-fiction works, including health information on diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, biographies, history, Joel Osteen’s Become a Better You, 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, the Firefly Spanish English Visual Dictionary and many more.
Juvenile reference works include books about foreign countries, many biographies of celebrities and people in the news, science topics, National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia, information on the fifty states, the human body, baseball, and much more.
Since 2002, the Texas Legislature has made it possible to distribute $19.4 million to Texas public libraries through the Lone Star Libraries grant program. In 2008, 540 public libraries across the state are sharing $5.65 million in funds distributed by the Commission, an increase of $3 million over 2007.
Libraries can use the grant funding however they wish, with few exceptions, to meet the needs of their communities. According to State Librarian Peggy D. Rudd, this flexibility is a major factor in the program’s success. She said, “Local leaders know best how to maximize limited funds to meet specific local needs. The structure of Loan Star Libraries provides a great deal of latitude for judgment while providing accountability for the use of state funds. This partnership between the State of Texas and local governments is a winning combination that has led to some tremendous strides in library services across the state.
The Liberty Municipal Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is located at 1710 Sam Houston Avenue.
For more information please contact the library at (936) 336-8901.