Texas Book Festival Grant


NACOGDOCHES, TX – The Nacogdoches Public Library is pleased to announce that it received a $1,500 Collection Enhancement grant from Texas Book Festival. The funds will be used to purchase downloadable audio books and graphic novels for children and teens.

Texas Book Festival was founded in 1995 by former First Lady Laura Bush and its mission is to connect authors and readers. Every year the organization awards grants to libraries across Texas to assist with collection development. This year 48 public libraries received more than $100,000 in grants from Texas Book Festival.

“We are very appreciative of the Texas Book Festival for awarding us this grant. The demand for eAudio books and graphic novels has grown tremendously over the past few years. The grant funds will help the library stretch its budget to meet these needs,” said Mercedes Franks, library director. The books purchased with this grant will soon be available for check-out and will be part of the summer reading book challenge that will begin in June.

For more information about the grant or library programs, please call 559-2970.


Ezra McMullen
Ezra McMullin graduated high school and decided it was time to get to work. Initially, he worked for his grandparents at Huntington Market & Deli or better known as Dean’s in the area. He transition to working as an office clerk in a law firm before making the move to MSGPR as a videographer and content manager. It was an easy switch fueled by passions he pursued in his free time, where he watches plenty of Youtube, and spurred an interest in the video editing world. He's putting passion to work, learning how to shoot and edit videos, and says it’s a lot more fun than he expected. He is studying at Angelina College and enjoys playing golf, hanging with friends and his girlfriend, and staying up past 3am playing X Box telling himself he'll just play one more level before bed.

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