The Tyler Public Library has received a grant from the Texas Book Festival, the city of Tyler announced.

According to a news release, the library was awarded a $2,481 collections grant, which will be used to fund the library’s High Interest-Low Vocabulary literacy collection.

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

Various libraries apply to the Texas Book Festival to receive grant monies, and the intention of the grants is “to help initiate or continue innovative literacy and technology programs and to update and increase book collections.”

This year grants up to $5,000 are being given to 19 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,” Texas Book Festival Executive Director Lois Kim said. “We are proud that we can continue to help libraries meet the needs of their community.”

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