Austin Public Library Supporters

2016

Google, Inc . announced simultaneously funding for landscaping at the Milwood branch locations. This project was made possible through a gift to the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation in the amount of $10,000.

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation – Michael & Susan Dell Foundation | Continued funding for the ten Connected Youth Centers in Austin Public Libraries in the amount of $141,000. This gift represents funding for years nine and ten of Connected Youth Centers which offer tweens and teens the opportunity to learn 21st Century Skills and develop skills that will assist them in achieving success in school, life and work.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Special Projects Grant – My Library Keeps Me Healthy – Cultivating Health Literacy – Year 2 Behavioral and Mental Health | $74,995 award funded by the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2017). This award allows for Practicum Students at the Texas State University School of Social Work to join the Health Team composed of Austin Free-Net digital literacy staff and Nurses and Community Health workers from the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department to serve customers at the Little Walnut Creek Branch, Terrazas Branch, and the Central Library. This team helps people use the computers to locate community resources and health information they need as well as provides health screenings to individuals. Also provided are programs in community libraries and outreach events in the community to provide health information and make people aware of the health information resources at the public library. Partners and supporters of the grant include: National Alliance on Mental Illness-Austin; Austin Travis County Integral Care, Austin Travis County Health and Human Services; Latino HealthCare Forum, Texas State University, School of Social Work; and City of Austin Office of Innovation.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission TexTreasures Grant –Dewey Mears Photography Collection Negative Cataloging and Digitization Project | $25,000 award funded by the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2017). The Mears Photography collection is the entire body of work of photographer Dewy G. Mears who was well known for documenting mid-century modern architecture in Central Texas. With over 100,000 negatives, contract proof prints and some finished enlargements, this collection will be made available to the public using the help of student assistants to process the collection and the Portal to Texas History to digitize selected negatives and make them available online. An exhibit will be mounted highlighting some of the work of Dewey Mears.

Google Fiber | $75,000 announced in May for funding a project through a gift made to the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation for services at the Carver Branch Library and Terrazas Branch Library to support providing digital literacy services for children, youth, and adults at the Austin Public Library. Included in the funding are classes for adults in web development and other activities of interest to those building technology skills.

Google, Inc . announced simultaneously funding for video conferencing equipment at the New Central Library and seven branch locations. This project was made possible through a gift to the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation in the amount of $70,000.

2015

Texas State Library and Archives Commission | TSLAC granted the Austin Public Library $75,0000 to implement the My Library Keeps Me Healthy grant project to promote health literacy in Austin by conducting health screenings at five Library locations and promoting Library resources and outreach related to health and wellness across the community. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2016)

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation | The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation provided $1200 to acquire a traveling frame collection for the Austin History Center to create traveling exhibits and share images system-wide.

OCLC Geek the Library Support | In June, OCLC recognized the Austin Public Library’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the value of the Library in the community with a donation of $6000 to the Austin Public Library for continued work with the Geek the Library campaign.

Ruiz Branch Special Revenue | The Chamboard Austin Owners Association donated $130 to the Ruiz Branch for use at the Library.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation | The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation received continued funding for the ten Connected Youth Centers in Austin Public Libraries in the amount of $187,000. This gift represents funding for years seven and eight of Connected Youth Project which offer youth the opportunity to learn 21st Century Skills and develop skills that will assist them in achieving success in school, life and work.

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation | A contribution of $500 was made by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation in support of activities related to the Austin Public Library's annual celebration of El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) taking place at various Library locations.

McKetta School of Chemical Engineering, Class of 2013 | Contribution of $350 to the Austin Public Library for furthering interest among today’s youth toward STEM subjects and activities associated with the Austin Public Library Connected Youth Project.

2014

Mobile Solutions Subsidy Project | The Carver and Willie Mae Kirk Branches received equipment that will further the ability of Austin Public Library staff to train customers in how to use their mobile technology to use the Library's resources including databases, some which are provided through the TexShare program, and other Virtual Library resources provided in increasing numbers from the Library. The Library offers many resources, but not all customers are familiar with how to download or access them with mobile devices they may already own or plan to purchase. The $14,277 provided in this program allows the Library to help customers learn how to access these resources. Both branches received tablet and laptop devices as well as equipment that will facilitate small group training. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Edge Implementation Reimbursement Program | The Austin Public Library acquired adaptive equipment through the Edge Implementation Reimbursement Program funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The program has funded large type MAGic keyboards for all APL locations with public access computers and seven BIG track track balls which enable persons who have difficulty with fine motor skills to better use computers. At the Faulk Central Library, OpenBook standalone software, PEARL Portable Reading Camera along with two 24" computer monitors were installed to help people with reading.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program | Jennifer Connor, a Reference Librarian at Faulk Central Library, received a shipment of 78 books to add to the Austin Public Library catalog. This program distributes contemporary art and culture related materials free of charge to libraries serving underserved populations in order to enrich and diversify library collections available to the underserved. Over ninety publishers participate in providing free materials to libraries who apply for the program.

Connect-4-Literacy And More | Funded for a second year, working through CTLS, Inc., the Austin Public Library and the Austin Independent School District (AISD) will conduct another year of work to keep children reading throughout the year as well as encourage use of the public library resources, particularly over the summer months. The Twin Oaks, Carver, and Little Walnut Creek Branches worked with Dawson, Becker, Blackshear, and Graham Elementary Schools on this project using $12,000 of the award. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (2015).

TexTreasures Project: Processing the Niles-Graham-Pease Papers | The Austin History Center received a $20,000 grant to hire a Processing Archivist to process the Niles-Graham-Pease Papers (AR.A.001). In addition to the $20,000 in funding to the Austin History Center provided from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (2015), the Austin History Center Association provided up to $35,000 toward this processing project.

Collection Enhancement for the African-American Special Collection | The Texas Book Festival awarded the Carver Branch with $2500 to be used to refresh the African-American Special Collection providing replacement copies for worn materials as well as filling gaps in the history and biography sections.

Howson Branch Special Revenue | The Austin Community Foundation for the Capital Area – Lucy Johnson Endowment Fund donated $250 in April 2014.

Carver Branch Special Revenue | The Carver Branch received $1000 from the Executive Women in Texas Government as a donation in January 2014.

Faulk Central Library's Youth Construction Zone | The Austin Foundation for Architecture donated $1000 in support of the Faulk Central Library's Youth Construction Zone project. The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation presented the application to help purchase materials that will engage youth in hands-on activities that generate understanding of the basic principles of design, science and engineering using Lego Architecture Studio sets.

Support for Adult Summer Reading Programs | The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation provided $1200 in support of the Adult Summer Reading Program to help underwrite the costs of programming and incentives to reward adult reading.

Processing the Shudde Fath Papers | The Austin History Center received a donation from the Save Barton Creek Association to help fund the processing of the Shudde Fath papers. This donation amount of $2500 assists with hiring an intern processing archivist.

Spicewood Springs Branch Special Revenue | The Microsoft Employee Matching Gift Program awarded $50 to the Spicewood Springs Branch.

2013

All Austin Public Library locations Named as Google Community Connections Sites | The City of Austin was tasked with selecting 100 Community Connections Sites to fulfill one of the contractual items in the City’s agreement with Google to establish high speed and large bandwidth internet connections across the City. On December 12, 2013 all Library locations were approved to be part of the list of 100 sites.

Hampton Branch at Oak Hill Special Revenue | $500 was awarded to the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill Branch in December from the Shieffer Jenson Fund administered by the Austin Community Foundation.

EDGE Initiative Participation | The Austin Public Library received training to participate in the Public Library Digital Inclusion (EDGE) Benchmarking Project. The Edge Initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Urban Libraries Council along with several other coalition partners to assess participating libraries’ use of public technologies. The Initiative prompts engagement with key leaders about the value of the public library in strengthening communities and identification of ways to enhance and strengthen public technology in public libraries. The Austin Public Library was chosen as an urban library partner in Texas and will be provided with a suite of tools to put its strategies into action.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program | Jennifer Connor, a Reference Librarian at Faulk Central Library, received a shipment of 75 books to add to the Austin Public Library catalog. This program distributes contemporary art and culture related materials free of charge to libraries serving underserved populations in order to enrich and diversify library collections available to the underserved. Over ninety publishers participate in providing free materials to libraries who apply for the program.

Support for Adult Summer Reading Programs | The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation provided $1000 in support of the Adult Summer Reading Program to help underwrite the costs of programming and incentives to reward adult reading.

Support for the Mayor's Book Club Novel Gift | The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation contributed $1000 toward the 2013 Mayor’s Book Club Novel Gift featuring Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds and Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

Portal to Texas History Rescuing Texas History Mini Grant Program | The Austin History Center received a mini grant with a value of $1000 in digitization services so that resources may be hosted and made available to the public through the University of Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History.

IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries Project | The Austin Public Library project Sprouting Green Weeding Practices in Libraries: Web-Based Training was awarded funding in the amount of $24,625 to begin October 1, 2014. The funding enables Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s bookstore, and its partner, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, to expand visibility in the area of collection development and environmental literacy. The project will encourage and guide other libraries to replicate the successful Recycled Reads model of reselling and reusing discarded materials from libraries and the general public while at the same time promoting responsible and creative approaches to stewardship of unwanted materials. Recycled Reads in Austin, Texas reuses from ten to fourteen tons of materials each month. This grant is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Exhibit Support: How to Prepare a Possum | The Austin History Center received $1000 grant from Humanities Texas through the Austin History Center Association to support the programming related to the exhibit How to prepare a Possum: Nineteenth Century Cuisine in Austin. The grant covered presenter expenses for three programs.

Storytime Connection Project | The Texas State Library and Archives Commission notified the Library on July 30, 2013 of the approval of the competitive grant in the amount of $9994 funded under the Library Services and Technology Act (2015) from the Institute of Museum and Library Service for the IMPACT Family and Early Childhood Literacy grant. This grant of $9994 allowed the Youth Service Division to take a new direction with the Storytime Connection Program. With this funding Kathleen Houlihan, a Youth Librarian and the Library's Office of Programs and Partnerships staff produced video clips for presentation on the Library website and a print-on-demand series of posters and bookmarks useful to the agencies in the area who are following the Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing, Talking series in the Every Child Ready to Read concept model will be a new resource. Partners in the work included American Youth Works, Travis County Jail, AVANCE-Austin, Bookspring, and Workforce Solutions Child Care Services. This grant was funded through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission using funds from the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Special Projects Grant Connect-4-Libraries | CTLS, Inc., Austin Independent School District, and the Austin Public Library were awarded a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Connect-4-Literacy directs resources to help Graham and Blackshear Elementary School students develop reading skills. The goal of the grant was to demonstrate that students advance their reading skills over the school year and continue to retain and grow these skills over the summer through participation with their families in the Library’s summer reading program. Electronic and other books were purchased as part of the grant along with eReaders for use in the schools. CTLS, Inc. was the fiscal agent for this grant while APL employees selected materials with two school media specialist. School principals and media specialists from the schools were actively engaged in this grant working closely with APL staff to coordinate efforts to increase reading skills and keep them from slipping over the summer months by involving children and their families in the APL summer reading program. This grant was funded through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission using funds from the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

ARRA BTOP TEAL Tech Exchange Training, Part Two Funding | Michael Abramov, Managing Librarian of the St. John Branch and Tim Weber, Program Specialist at the Carver Branch, attended training provided through a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. At the training sessions, Michael and Tim were met with other Library partners in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Technical Expertise, Access and Learning Grant to exchange digital literacy training tips and techniques.

Mobile Solutions Round 2 | The Austin Public Library was awarded up to $7000 in a reimbursable grant to expand Mobile Solutions for enhanced public access to the Library catalog.  APL used its award funding to procure software that enables Facebook integration and enhanced website services for the public including access to its catalog. This project was made possible with federal funds provided through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Branding Iron Awards – Print Media and Non-Traditional Media | At the 2013 Texas Library Association meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, the Austin Public Library received two awards, The Branding Iron Award for Print Media awarded to the READ Poster “Read: Set Your Imagination on FIRE” and the Award for Non-traditional Media for Literature LIVE!’s work creating Literature LIVE! Puppet Show Trailers. The Texas Library Association highlighted winning entries for the Branding Iron Awards in the Summer issue of Texas Library Journal.

Howson Branch Special Revenue | The Austin Community Foundation for the Capital Area – Lucy Johnson Endowment Fund donated $250 in unrestricted funds.

Special Programs: America's Music at the Terrazas Branch | The National Endowment of the Humanities funded the Terrazas Branch with a series of programs titled America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. This grant promoted community dialogue and engagement through a series of film screenings and supplemental programs offered throughout 2013. The Austin Public Library was one of fifty across the country selected to present these film screenings featuring America's Popular Music. University of Texas scholar from the Sarah and Earnest Butler School of Music, Carolyn Polk O'Meara facilitated discussions and Coordinator for the Sound Archives of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, John Wheat, contributed to the promotion of the series. Supplemental programming was planned with potential to include the Victory Grill, Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, an exhibit at Terrazas Branch prepared by the Austin History Center staff, and a visit with Video Archivist, Tim Hamblin at the Austin History Center Video Archives.

2012

Dell Discovery Lab, Dell Powering the Possible Youth Learning | Funding for a second year of Dell Discovery Lab activities, August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2012. Dell Powering the Possible Youth Learning has funded the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation for a second year of Discovery Lab operation. The Discovery Lab, located at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch, attracts underserved youth to the Library to explore science and technology. Over the summer months, youth attended Science Fridays watching science-related programs and followed by activities to expand and reinforce the learning. Seven Dell employee volunteers became presenters at the Science Rocks program hosted in June. The Discovery Lab emphasizes communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, innovation and creativity, and technological literacy in the underserved community. The goal of the work is to help youth succeed in school, work and life by mastering skills and content required for success in a highly globalized, technological economy.

Distribution to Underserved (DUC) Communities Library Program | Kathleen Houlihan, Youth Program Librarian, received a shipment of 92 books to add to the Second Chance Books collection from the Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program. This program distributes contemporary art and culture-related materials free of charge to libraries serving underserved populations in order to enrich and diversify library collections. Over ninety publishers participate in providing free materials to libraries who apply for the program. DUC operates under the program Art Resources Transfer, Inc., a non-profit organization with a commitment to document and support artists' voices and work, making these voices accessible to the broadest possible audience.

Branding Iron Award from the Texas Library Association | Austin Public Library's Office of Programs and Partnerships won the TLA Branding Iron Award for its READ poster featuring City of Austin emergency personnel. The poster read, READ: Your Life Depends On It.

Shirley Igo Award from the Texas Library Association | The Doss School Librarians and PTA Committee's "Read Across Doss" won the Shirley Igo Award from the Texas Library Association for the collaboration between the AISD public school and the Old Quarry Branch.

Hampton Branch at Oak Hill Special Revenue | Frank Schmitzer, Managing Librarian at the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, accepted a donation of $2500 from Frost Bank to be used by the branch for furnishings and other branch needs.

Howson Branch Special Revenue | Bonita Snyder-Jones, Managing Librarian at the Howson Branch, received a donation of $250 from the Austin Community Foundation.

10th Annual Austin Chronicle Adult Spelling Bee | This traditional fundraiser benefits the Austin Public Library. The May 17, 2012 event raised $428.75 for the APL downloadable book purchase program.