The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth round of the American Dream Literacy Initiative grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
The American Dream Literacy initiative is a year-long program that delivers services and serves thousands of English language learners in a warm and welcoming environment. In 2018, 20 U.S. public libraries were selected through a competitive application process.
To date, 188 public libraries have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. American Dream libraries offer computer access and training, job readiness programs, and ELL, GED and citizenship classes.
As part of the initiative, American Dream libraries build replicable programs, develop coalition-building strategies and provide annotated lists of vetted resources for libraries across the country. Much of the program’s success relies on outreach to new immigrant populations, and requires public libraries to build strong partnerships while leveraging additional resources received through these collaborative efforts.
The 2018 American Dream Libraries are:
- Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York
- New Brunswick Free Public Library, New Brunswick, New Jersey
- Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, New York
- Ferguson Library, Stamford, Connecticut
- Rochester Public Library, Rochester, New York
- Suffolk Public LIbrary, Suffolk, Virginia
- Athens Regional Library System, Athens, Georgia
- Osceola Library System, Kissimmee, Florida
- Danbury Public Library, Danbury, Connecticut
- Norfolk Public LIbrary, Norfolk, Virginia
- Chandler Public Library, Chandler, Arizona
- Sacramento Public Library Authority, Sacramento, California
- Crown Point Community Library, Crown Point, Indiana
- Princeton Public Library, Princeton, New Jersey
- Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Christiansburg, Virginia
- Blount County Public Library, Maryville, Tennessee
- Keene Public Library, Keene, New Hampshire
- Lafourche Parish Public Library, Thibodaux, Louisiana
- Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library, Shelbyville, Tennessee
- Wayne Library Alliance, Honesdale, Pennsylvania