Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie is the recipient of a Texas Book Festival 2020 Collections Enhancement Grant, receiving a total of $2,500.


"This $2,500 grant will allow us to expand our large print and our audiobook collections to provide our patrons with a wider variety of books that accommodate to their needs and preferences," said Sarah Lucero, programming and outreach assistant at Sims.


The Texas Book Festival is held each year and funds are raised to support grants that are distributed to libraries across Texas the following year.


According to its web page, "Since the Texas Book Festival’s founding in 1995, it has been a part of our organization’s mission to promote literacy and support Texas libraries. The Texas Book Festival awards these grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. The funding comes from book sales at the Texas Book Festival and other generous donors."


"We are so excited to have been awarded this grant. The Texas Book Festival offered a $2,500 grant to support collection enhancement. We were one of 42 libraries across the state to be awarded," Lucero said.


This is the first time the Sims Library has received this grant.


"My colleague, Miriam Mancilla, and I worked many hours on the grant application and to have been awarded this grant was such a honor, especially during these challenging times. We're thrilled to be able to offer more audiobooks and large print books to our community," Lucero added.


The organization has funded 1,169 grants totaling more than $3 million to 600-plus libraries in every corner of the state since 1996.


Community members are be able to find the grant information by searching for "Texas Book Festival Grant" in the library catalog.


Additionally, starting Sept. 1, the library is participating in curbside services, which will only be available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, as staff works to get the building back in order and reopened.


To keep up with Sims Library and its reopening process, visit http://www.simslib.org/ .