English Language Learners

The American Dream Starts @ your library

For more than a century, public libraries have been a cornerstone of the American Dream, providing equal access to information of all kinds. Libraries are among the first American institutions immigrants turn to for help in learning how to read, write and speak English. The libraries participating in the American Dream Starts @ your library can be found in all kinds of communities - from large cities and rural towns across the country.

To date, more than 144 public libraries in  27 states have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to receive grants between $5,000 - $15,000 as part of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy initiative. This initiative is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries: 2007 Analysis of Library Demographics and Programs

This American Library Association (ALA) study, conducted through the Office for Research and Statistics, provides new information about library services and programs developed for non-English speakers, including effectiveness of services, barriers to library use, most frequently used services and most success library programs by language served.