Tocker Supports Modernizing Texas Libraries

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Tocker Supports Modernizing Texas Libraries

While city and suburban dwellers may for the most part have high speed internet access in their homes, the reality in rural areas is that the library may be the sole source for free access to the internet. And rural libraries today often have less resources including fewer staff members, and limited budgets, making modernization of their technologies difficult. That creates a significant challenge for rural inhabitants to find access to job opportunities, scholarships for education, medical resources and entertainment.

But technological modernization is not the only benefit the Tocker Foundation helps to provide. Often physical buildings and internal library structures suffer from deterioration for lack of budget to keep shelves, furniture, etc., up-to-date. Grant funds have gone to support improving the viability of these spaces with new furniture, shelving and equipment in order to help rural libraries meet current needs. Providing a community with a modern, functional library helps to enhance literacy, develop a culture of reading and learning, support local schools, and create a local hub for experiencing new technologies.