American Dream Literacy Initiative

About the American Dream Literacy Initiative Administered by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Dream Literacy Initiative is an adult literacy program based in public libraries throughout the U.S. To date, more than 185 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital ESL collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold ELL, GED, and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations. 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. ALA shares the libraries’ successes and strategies through our website, on webinars, and at state, regional, and national conferences. Through library-delivered services and community partnerships, the program serves thousands of English language learners and their families.

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2017 Winner(s)

Bemis Public Library

Littleton, CO

Campbell County Public Library System

Lynchburg, VA

Cresskill Public Library

Cresskill, NJ

David A. Howe Public Library

Wellsville, NY

The Ferguson Library

Stamford, CT

First Regional Library

Hernando, MS

Gail Borden Public Library District

Elgin, IL

Keyport Public Library

Keyport, NJ

Lebanon County Library District

Lebanon, PA

Maplewood Memorial Library

Maplewood, NJ