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Houston Public Library Foundation Receives $24,500 Grant From Verizon Foundation

Grant supports local literacy and technology programs for children and adults

The Houston Public Library Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Houston’s public libraries, is receiving a $24,500 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The grant was presented on February 13, at 10 a.m. at Houston Independent School District’s Oates Elementary, 10044 Wallisville Road, Houston, TX 77013, immediately before an adult computer course in the HPL Mobile Express, which provides family literacy programs, after school support and educational support services in areas that do not have regular access to technology.

The grant provides support for the Houston Public Library’s broad range of literacy programs, including the Mobile Express Lab, Summer Reading Program, Early Literacy Stations and others, which promote literacy at all levels, from birth to adult.

“The City of Houston is experiencing critical budget challenges due to the ongoing uncertainty in the economy, and, as a result, the budgets in city departments, including the Houston Public Library, have been cut by 12.5%,” said Susan Bischoff, President, Houston Public Library Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful for Verizon Foundation’s support, which will ensure that more of the Library’s free programs can continue.”

The library’s programming includes:

Support for Student Success — provides students of all ages and life stages with access to resources, services and programs that assist them with homework assignments and help them prepare for and succeed in school.
Literacy Advancement — provides customers with the support they need to initiate and develop their reading skills, financial and health literacy skills to meet their personal goals and make decisions that affect their lives.
Technology Access & Instruction — provides customers with access to computers and the resources available through the internet. Customers also receive access to free training classes on a wide range of technology, software, and related topics
Workforce Development — provides customers with access to education, training and resources dedicated to providing them with the skills and knowledge to acquire employment and succeed in the workplace.

“We believe literacy is a priority in creating a community and a culture that can continue to build its future,” said Krista Bourne, president – Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless. “We’re proud to partner with the Houston Public Library Foundation to ensure that local families have access to not just books, but to technology, literacy programming and more through HPL Mobile Express.”

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About Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 109 million total connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 194,000. For more information, visit

About the Houston Public Library Foundation
The Houston Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides advocacy and funding for the Houston Public Library. HPLF was created in 2006 for several reasons: to properly safeguard and steward private funds specifically donated to the Houston Library (Library); to advocate for the Library; and to create a private nonprofit to actively seek private, corporate and foundation support of the Library to provide programs, training and other resources that are not funded by public dollars. HPLF works closely with the Library to ensure that it meets the Library’s most critical needs. These needs are changing and HPLF searches for resources to fill the emerging gaps. The Houston community needs the Library and the Library needs our help.

Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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