Total grant round of $35,981 will fund collection development at select libraries
The New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, has awarded collection development grants to 14 public libraries, funded by the Tischler Memorial Grant Program. Selected following a pre-qualification process, recipient libraries will utilize their awards to develop their library collections in a variety of subject areas and formats, including world language collections, large print collections, audio books, classic fiction for adults, and juvenile nonfiction. Individual grant amounts range from $1,145 to $3,000, and add up to a total grant round of $35,981.
The 2018 Tischler Grantees are: Beverly Free Library, Burlington County; Clementon Memorial Library, Camden County; Crosswicks Library, Burlington County; Delanco Public Library, Burlington County; Elmer Public Library, Salem County; Jamesburg Public Library, Middlesex County; Milford Public Library, Hunterdon County; Oaklyn Memorial Library, Camden County; Runnemede Public Library, Camden County; Stratford Public Library, Camden County; W.H. Walters Free Public Library, Warren County; Wenonah Free Public Library, Gloucester County; Westville Public Library, Gloucester County; and Woodstown-Pilesgrove Library, Salem County.
The Tischler Grants are funded by accrued interest on a bequest from Nathaniel and Florence Taylor Tischler to the New Jersey State Library. Their intention was to improve library service throughout New Jersey, especially to “small and needy” municipalities and communities, by means of the purchase of “writings,” such as books, journals, magazines, films, tapes and any other means of communication. The State Library developed Tischler Grant public library applicant eligibility criteria based on four factors: population served by a public library (less than 10,000), equalized per capita valuation (less than $200,000), number of FTE (full-time equivalent) staff (4 or fewer) and hours that the library is open (40 or fewer).