May 24, 2018

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ALA Announces Winners of the 2014 American Dream Libraries Grant

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services has released the list of 22 libraries in 15 states to receive funding through the American Dream Starts @ your library grant initiative, supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Each of the 22 libraries will receive a one-time grant of up to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities. This funding will help libraries build their print and digital English as a Second Language (ESL) collections, increase computer access, and provide GED and literacy instruction courses for English language learners.

Books_DG_LitfinalThe Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General’s cofounder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with only a third grade education. Over the last 21 years, the foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 5.8 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language.

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