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Library Receives $50,000 Tocker Foundation Grant
The Fayette Public Library, based in La Grange, is about to go through a once in a lifetime transformation. As a recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Tocker Foundation, the library will be able to re-imagine its current floor plan.
The grant funds will be used to add interactive furniture in the children’s room, create a space for teens, add new flexible meeting room furniture, and replace shelving.
The Tocker Foundation promotes Texas public libraries in communities of 12,000 or less. Grant funds from the Tocker Foundation, financial support from the City of La Grange, and individual financial donations will allow the library to completely redesign the indoor space.
Part of the grant process requires applicants to meet with a library design consultant. The consultant, along with the Tocker Foundation, presents reimaged floor plans and furniture options. Along with the re-imagined youth spaces, the reference desk and public computer area will also change to offer more privacy and create more space. The library expects the project will take about a year. “It is amazing what can be done by simply repositioning shelving and adding different furniture options. Working with an experienced consultant really allowed staff to visualize possibilities we would have never dreamed of,” said Allison MacKenzie, Library Director.
Since 1998, the Tocker Foundation has awarded over $130,000 in grant funds to the Fayette Public Library. Most recently, in 2016, the Foundation provided over $36,000 to digitize local historic newspapers. The local newspapers were digitized by the University of North Texas and are hosted on the Portal to Texas History. “The Tocker Foundation has long supported our library and we are very grateful to offer our community this gift. We look forward to creating a space that truly reflects the vibrant community we serve,” said MacKenzie.
For more information about the library’s upcoming redesign, contact Allison MacKenzie, Library Director, at 979-968-3765 or email@example.com.
Curbside Pick Up at the Library
During the Fayette Public Library, Museum & Archives’ closure, we want to remind our community that we are still here for you! The library will offer curbside pickup of materials from 10:00am – 12:30pm Tuesday-Friday. Please call the library at 979-968-3765 to reserve items and set up your pick up. We are asking that you please call and make arrangements with a staff member prior to showing up. Items will be available for pick up at 855 S. Jefferson St in the drive through circle by the book drop. If you or someone in your household is ill, please do not pick up items and stay home.
If you are not sure what items you would like, give us a call and we will be happy to make recommendations. We plan to offer pick-up service for as long as it is safe and can be done while following recommendations from the CDC and our elected officials. Other than offering our physical collection, we are still here to provide reference information, fact check, assist with eBooks, and simply provide a listening ear during this difficult time via telephone or e-mail. For questions or more information, please call 979-968-3765 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library, Museum & Archives Closed Temporarily
The Fayette Public Library, Museum & Archives will be closed to the public starting March 16th. The library and archives will remain staffed and able to assist patrons via telephone and e-mail. Staff will also be working to sanitize the facility and all circulating items. For the month of March, patrons will not incur fines for overdue materials. All library events and meeting room reservations will be cancelled during the closure.
The safety of staff, patrons, and our community is our priority. We believe that school closures put an increased burden on public libraries as children and families turn to us for social, educational and even childcare needs. Increased dependence on our spaces and resources will in all likelihood contribute to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause our community and will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate when it is safe to reopen. For more information or questions, please e-mail email@example.com or call 979-968-3765.
Youth & Teen Cooking Workshops
The library is excited to offer youth and teen cooking workshops starting in January! We are partnering with the Agrilife Extension to learn how to make healthy and delicious meals. Youth grades 3-6, will meet on the second Thursday of the month starting January 16th. Teens will meet the second Tuesday of the month starting tomorrow, January 14th. Both groups will meet from 4-5pm in the library meeting room over the next four months. For more information, call the library at 979-968-3765.