ALA renews funding for literacy programming to five American Dream libraries

Contact: John L. Amundsen
Communications Specialist
ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
(312) 280-2140
jamundsen@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
April 23, 2010

Dollar General Literacy Foundation and ALA to continue supporting programs for adult English language learners

CHICAGO - In April 2010 ALA awarded a second round of funding to five outstanding Phase 1 American Dream libraries. The libraries are Athens (Ga.) Regional Library System, High Plains Library District (Greeley, Colo.) , Hooper (Neb.) Public Library, Pima County Public Library (Tucson, Ariz.) , and Wauconda (Ill.) Public.Â

These public libraries were selected based on their Phase 1 accomplishments, their plans for Phase 2, their ability to serve as models and mentors and, finally, their size and location. They will use grant funds to expand their print and digital literacy collections, offer classes and conversation clubs, develop mobile tech labs and reach out to immigrant organizations. To learn more about these five outstanding libraries go to: http://www.americandreamtoolkit.org/programs.html Â

In addition, 70 new public libraries in 21 states received $5,000 grants as part of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®”. www.ala.org/americandream. This initiative is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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