Friench Simpson Memorial Library

Life Outside The Book

Friench Simpson Memorial Library Board members above gather around library director Brenda Lincke Fisseler, who is holding an award certificate from the Texas Book Festival. The grant of $1500 for collections enhancement will be used to add to the e-books and e-audio collections for the library. 

The Board members are (standing) Jessica Schumacher, Dr. Christopher Freytag, Don Minear, Cindy Meredith, Kasi Jobes, (seated) Christie Wheelock, Brenda Lincke-Fisseler, and Lois Weiss.

“We are extremely grateful to receive this grant,” said Ms. Fisseler.  “The funds will enable us to enhance an ever more popular segment of our library offerings and will benefit all our citizens.”

Every year public libraries across Texas apply to the Texas Book Festival to receive grant funds.  The grants are intended to update and increase book collections.  This year, the Festival is distributing grants up to $2,500 to 34 libraries.  Since its founding, the Festival has contributed more than $2.7 million in grants to more than 600 Texas public libraries.

“Our public libraries provide invaluable services that advance the causes of literacy, education and life-long learning.  We are committed to supporting the important work of Texas public libraries,” said Lois Kim, Executive Director of the Texas Book Festival.  “We are proud that we can continue to help libraries meet the needs of their communities.”

The Texas Book Festival raises money for grants from individual, corporate, and foundation sponsorships, the annual TBF Gala, and from book sales at the annual Festival.  The 2015 Festival is scheduled for October 17-18.

Founded in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush, Mary Margaret Farabee, and a group of volunteers, the nonprofit Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination.  It promotes the joys of reading and writing through the annual Festival Weekend, the one day Texas Teen Book Festival, the Reading Rock Stars program, grants to Texas libraries, a youth fiction writing contest, and year-round literary programming.  Held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol each fall and featuring more than 280 renowned authors, panels, book signings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities, it is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit or use the hashtag #txbookfest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @texas bookfest.