Roving Reporter | North Texas Book Festival Supports Aransas County Public Library by Jeanette Larson

Iris Sanchez (l) and Melodee Field (r) are ready to spend the NTBF grant funds!

Aransas County Library Director, Iris Sanchez, received a grant from the North Texas Book Festival for use in Harvey recovery. Since it began in 2000, the North Texas Book Festival, located in Denton, has raised more than $70,000 for literacy programs in North Texas. After Hurricane Harvey the festival decided to go out of their geographical area to help Aransas County.

Although the building did not sustain much damage, Aransas County Public Library lost a lot of books that were checked out and in homes that were destroyed or damaged. The library did not charge patrons for those damaged books, which obviously could not be returned. However, funds are not immediately available to replace those materials. Sanchez said that funds from the North Texas Book Festival will be used to purchase new picture books for use during the upcoming summer reading program. Assistant Librarian, Melodee Field noted that the library has received a couple of grants in the past year, and a number of donations specifically earmarked for Harvey recovery, to help build the youth collection to serve the kids in Aransas County.

The festival's director, Katherine Boyer, said, “The North Texas Book Festival is honored to help Aransas County Public Library to enhance the library and further the cause of literacy.” She also applauded their dedication to supporting the county's citizens during the hurricane recovery process. This grant was one of seven awarded for 2018 and the only one outside of North Texas.









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