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)

McAllen Public Libary System

McAllen, Texas

McAllen Public Library System

McAllen, TX

North Bergen Free Public Library

North Bergen, NJ

North Miami Beach Library

North Miami Beach, FL

Perry Public Library

Perry, OH

Plainfield Public Library (RAILS)

Plainfield, IL

Queens Borough Public Library

Jamaica, NY

South Brunswick Public Library

Monmouth Junction, NJ

Terrebonne Parish Library System

Houma, LA

West Orange Public Library

West Orange, NJ