The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to the Rita and Truett Smith Public Library under the TSLAC CARES Grant Program. Smith Public Library was selected to receive a $25,000 grant to advance digital equity in Wylie, TX. Provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the funding will be used by the library to expand digital inclusion efforts and provide technical support, especially for workforce development and broadband availability. Thirty-seven other libraries across the state have also received grants through this program.
Smith Public Library will use the grant to offer:
- Mobile hotspot lending program
- Access to Tutor.com for students ages K-Adult
- Laptops for patron use inside the library
- LibAnswers platform for remote reference
- Staff Chromebooks for remote services and programs
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission received the funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Congress provided the federal agency a total of $50 million in the CARES Act to distribute to states and territories.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the many ways libraries are more essential than ever in meeting local needs to stay connected and informed,” said Mark Smith TSLAC Director and State Librarian. “We are grateful to the IMLS and the federal government for providing this assistance to libraries across Texas as they support their communities in these challenging times.
ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION
Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs to improve their lives and communities. TSLAC provides historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research, and library service to all Texas, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.