CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the winners of the El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros mini-grants. Eight libraries serving a population of 75,000 or less have won mini-grants worth $4,000 each; and seven libraries serving a population of more than 75,000 have won mini-grants worth $6,000 each. The mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the mini-grants have been awarded to libraries that demonstrated a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities.
“These mini-grants will provide children and families with an opportunity to explore the diverse cultures of their community,” said Julie Corsaro, president of the Association for Library Service to Children. “Libraries are an ideal family destination, offering parents and children a venue for exploring the world through diverse cultural programs and multicultural book collections.”
The libraries winning $6,000 each are: Bloomington Public Library in Bloomington, Ill.; Brevard County Library System in Cocoa, Fla.; Hall County Library System in Gainesville, Ga.; Jefferson Parish Library in Metairie, La.; Longmont Public Library in Longmont, Colo.; Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C.; and Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, N.Y.
The libraries winning $4,000 each are: Forest Hill Public Library in Forest Hill, Texas; Fremont Public Library District in Mundelein, Ill.; Nacogdoches Public Library in Nacogdoches, Texas; Paramus Public Library in Paramus, N.J.; Paul E. Griffin Library in Camden, Miss.; Poughkeepsie Public Library District in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Rachel Kohl Community Library in Glen Mills, Pa.; and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Library in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Día is an every day celebration of children, families and reading that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the existing Children’s Day with literacy. Día’s primary goals are to honor children and their diverse backgrounds; to encourage reading and literacy; and to promote library collections and programs that reflect our plurality on a daily basis.
The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Literacy and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.
The mini-grants are part of the activities leading up to Dia’s 15th anniversary, culminating on April 30, 2011: Dia! Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/dia.
ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,300 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. ALSC is a division of the American Library Association.
Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA, has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share their goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,000 neighborhood stores in 35 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 2.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.