House Representative

Thompson, Ed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/03/2013

Rep. Thompson Encourages Use of Local Library's Online Educational Resources

83rd Legislature Restores Funds to Libraries' Digital Databases

Pearland, TEXAS - In 2011, the statewide library budget was cut by nearly $30 million. Fortunately, the 83rd Legislative Session brought back about $7.5 million in order to rebuild and strengthen public libraries across the state. These funds are utilized in a number of ways to improve the Texas library system, including improved accessible digital content through the TexShare database program.

"During the 83rd Legislature, my colleagues and I worked to restore much-needed funding to our state's libraries," Representative Ed Thompson stated. "These additional funds contribute to the TexShare database program, which allows Texans to access all kinds of educational resources through their local library."

A few examples of the resources offered by TexShare include:
• GED® Test Preparation (as well as Spanish-language GED®)
• Job Search and Workplace Skills
• Jobs and Careers Preparation (LSAT prep, EMT/Paramedic prep, Real Estate exam prep)
• US Citizenship Exam Preparation
• Genealogy/Ancestry Research
• Study Tools for K-12 and College Students

These are just a handful of the state-of-the-art online resources, educational courses, and diverse programs available to the public. All of the programs and courses can be accessed by using an existing or newly issued library card at your nearest library, or by logging on to the library's website at any time.

"Our local libraries play a crucial role in community development," said Thompson. "The TexShare database program provides even more tools to help folks thrive in their personal and professional lives by finding jobs, improving literacy, and succeeding in school."

For more information on the TexShare database and to locate your nearest library, please visit the Texas Library Association's website, www.txla.org.


Contact:
Emily Kirchner
(512) 463-0707