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Posted 05 - 20 - 2015

The Texas Book Festival has awarded the Judy B. McDonald Public Library a collections enhancement grant of $1,500. The grant has been used to fund the purchase of eBooks in Spanish and high-interest level eBookss for reluctant readers.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this grant,” said Mercedes Franks, Library Director.  “The funds will enable us to enhance the eBook collection, which benefits a wider spectrum of our community. We already know technology is widely used in the Hispanic and teen populations. We want to make reading materials more accessible by providing them in a format these two groups already use. The eBooks can be downloaded onto most devices. They are free and the customer never incurs any library fines. We want to encourage anyone who is interested in getting free eBooks to visit the library to learn more about this service.”

Every year public libraries across Texas apply to the Texas Book Festival to receive grant funds. The grants are intended to update and increase book collections. This year, the Festival is distributing grants up to $2,500 to 34 libraries. Since its founding, the Festival has contributed more than $2.7 million in grants more than 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 2015 Texas Book Festival is scheduled for October 17 and 18, 2015.

About the Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Founded in 1995 by first lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival promotes the joys of reading and writing through its annual Festival Weekend, the oneday Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming. The Festival is held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and features more than 280 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and 1,000 volunteers, the Festival remains free and open to the public. Visit for more information, and join the conversation using the hashtag #txbookfest on FaceBookss, Twitter, and Instagram @texasbookfest.



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