In May 2012, The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) received funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to continue the American Dream Starts @ your library, a literacy initiative serving adult English language learners and their families. A primary goal of this project is to help public libraries in Dollar General communities add or improve library literacy services for adult English language learners and their families.
Since 2007, 100 public libraries in 28 states have received American Dream grants. These libraries are located in urban centers, suburban communities, and rural towns within 20 miles of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Previously funded American Dream libraries have used their grants to develop collections, offer classes and conversation clubs, reach out to diverse populations, and collaborate with new partners.
Eligible libraries can now apply online for grants range from $5,000 to $15,000. Applicants must be:
· A public library with a demonstrated need and the capacity to provide literacy services for adult English language learners.
- Located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center, or corporate office (please visit the Dollar General’s Store Locator online).
- Library systems and libraries that have previously received American Dream Starts @ your library grants are eligible to apply.
Applications are being accepted through Sunday, August 26, 2012. To access the 2012 grant application go to: www.americandreamtoolkit.org .
For further information contact Dale Lipschultz, OLOS Literacy Officer at [email protected].