ARPA grant funds have been extended to Holds Lockers, technology and language learning, and the DCI consultant.

With a grant, the Round Rock Public Library will expand popular outdoor lockers, add two new subscription services and hire a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant.

These projects will provide increased access to library resources and services, especially to community members who suffered greater disruption during the pandemic.

One of the subscriptions, O’Reilly Books for Libraries, will bring more than 43,000 books and 30,000 hours of video to meet the business and technological needs of everyone, from hobbyists to professionals seeking career advancement.

The other subscription brings the highly rated Pimsleur language program to the Overdrive collection, giving library cardholders access to even more language learning tools.

The library received the grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as part of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant program. The library will begin implementing its grant plan in February 2022.

This project is just one of 40 projects made possible this year thanks to a new grant of approximately $ 1.8 million from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Commission on Library and Archives of the State of Texas under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

“Communities across the state will benefit from the resources and services made possible by this funding. Libraries will be able to increase access to digital resources and technologies as well as support education, workforce preparation and other local needs as libraries continue their essential work in the service of their communities, ”said TSLAC director and librarian Gloria Meraz.

“We are excited to be able to advance some truly transformational projects designed to give Texans the tools to meet the ever-changing needs of their families and communities,” said the Chair of the Library and Archives Committee of the State of Texas, Martha Wong. “These funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services are critical in enabling us to support the work being done statewide by the information professionals and citizens we serve.”

In 2021, the library responded to changing customer priorities by installing lockers for patrons to access documents outside the building, launching a home delivery service for patrons who cannot check out. going to the library and participating in the inclusive PLA internship initiative. “We hope to continue this momentum through 2022 by providing better access to resources and services, especially to our clients who have been directly affected by the pandemic, economic disruption and racial inequalities,” said the director of the Michelle Cervantes library.

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