Grant funding to benefit several local libraries

– Funding has been approved for nearly two dozen libraries in Northeast Texas through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's Lone Star Grant Program.

Commerce Public Library Director Gayle Gordon says they plan to use the nearly $4,500 they are to receive to purchase children and teenager books, periodicals, microfilm and magazines, among others items.

Greenville's W. Walworth Harrison Public Library will receive over $8,500, a majority of which will be allocated to their summer reading program that last year saw nearly 800 participants. The remaining funds will be used to purchase digital books to add to the newly launched eLibrary.

A list of other area libraries and their grant totals are as follows:

Bonham Public Library; Bonham - $5,396
Commerce Public Library, Commerce - $4,493
Rains County Public Library, Emory - $4,838
Charles J Rike Memorial Library, Farmersville - $4,542
W Walworth Harrison Public Library, Greenville - $8,680
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove - $4,259
Leonard Public Library, Leonard - $3,724
Lone Oak Area Public Library, Lone Oak - $3,905
Franklin County Library, Mt. Vernon - $5,061
Paris Public Library, Paris - $8,428
CF Goodwin Public Library, Royse City - $560
Tawakoni Area Public Library, West Tawakoni - $3,690
Wolfe City Public Library, Wolfe City - $3,718

A complete list of funding awarded statewide is available at