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Local libraries awarded state grants

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

The Little Elm Public Library, Carrollton Public Library and the University of North Texas will share more than $140,000 in grants from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The grants were among those awarded to 91 institutions to support libraries by giving them the resources to promote reading and literacy within local communities.

UNT received two grants that will be used in collaboration with other agencies or businesses. The first grant of $75,000 will go toward Denton Inquiry 4 Learning, a collaborative system of librarians serving school, public and academic libraries locally who work to improve the skills of pre-kindergarten through graduate students.

UNT’s second grant, for $25,000, will be used to develop a partnership with the Texas Historical Commission to digitize and provide broad public access to 1,775 files related to buildings designated as Texas historic landmarks.

The Little Elm library was the recipient of a special project grant for $42,964. Little Elm officials plan to use the grant to expand literacy opportunities at its Children’s Center by providing educational computers to children ages 2 to 14.

The Carrollton Public Library received a $1,279 grant that will allow the library to continue its efforts to digitize the records of the Union Baptist Church. According to a summary of the grant, the church’s history parallels the founding of Carrollton, Farmers Branch and neighboring towns in the mid-1840s.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, released a statement about the importance of the libraries after hearing about the grants.

“It is hard to overstate the importance of libraries in our communities,” Nelson stated in the release.

“Not only do public libraries help preserve the history of our towns and cities, but they also play a key role in educating both children and adults.”

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.