The American Dream Starts @ your library

Applications for funding are now being accepted! 

With assistance of a $327,512 grant awarded from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to the American Library Association, libraries can now apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing adult literacy through The American Dream Starts @ your library® initiative. NEW - DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 13, 2014. 

Learn more and start your application here 

For more than a century, public libraries have been a cornerstone of the American Dream, providing equal access to information of all kinds. In fact, libraries are among the first American institutions immigrants turn to for help in learning how to read, write, and speak English.

Since January 2007, the American Library Association (ALA) has funded 100 libraries in 28 states. Each library received a onetime grant of $5,000 to add or improve literacy services to adult English language learners and their families.

The 100 American Dream libraries expanded ESL collections, taught classes, hosted conversation circles, trained tutors, increased computer access, build community partnerships, and raised the library’s visibility.

This initiative is generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Additional Resources


ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4294
Fax: 312-280-3256

This initative is made possible by: