The Whitehouse Community Library was recently honored as a recipient of a Texas Book Festival Collection Enhancement grant. Winners were announced April 5 during the 2018 Texas Library Association conference in Dallas, Texas. The 2018 Texas Book Festival grant awards add up to more than $100,000, bringing the total distributed to Texas libraries since 1997 to over $3 million.
Grant funds will be used to update core collections within the juvenile fiction and nonfiction collections. Many juvenile fiction titles will be Bluebonnet Award Winners, which are suited for children in grades three through six. Juvenile nonfiction titles will include a wide range of general interest categories such as animals, the solar system, history, music and more. All of these titles will be released at the beginning of our “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Club, June 2.
Founded in 1995 by Laura W. Bush, a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas, along with Mary Margaret Farabee and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996..
A complete list of Texas Book Festival Collection Enhancement grant winners can be found online at, www.texasbookfestival.org/library-grants.