For immediate release | December 4, 2017

ALSC provides $70k in Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grants to 14 libraries

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants. These grants are made possible by a Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The fourteen minigrant recipients will each receive $5,000 to provide opportunities for STEAM learning during out-of-school time to children in their communities.

The libraries range in size and location and represent ALSC members from twelve different states. ALSC members from the following libraries were selected to receive a Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrant from ALSC: Attleboro Public Library (MA), Carroll County Public Library (MD), Fairfield County District Library (OH), GCLS Glassboro Library (NJ), Jackson District Library (MI), Judy B. McDonald Public Library (TX), Kenton County Public Library - Erlanger Branch (KY), Lafourche Parish Public Library - South Lafourche Branch (LA), New Cumberland Public Library (PA), Northlake Public Library District (IL), - Orange Public Libraries - Wheeler Memorial Library (MA), Rowan Public Library (NC), Show Low Public Library (AZ), and Skokie Public Library (IL).

“Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,” says ALSC President Nina Lindsay, “we are able to support librarians in their efforts to provide out-of-school time STEAM learning for the children in their communities.” For more information about the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grants, please visit ALSC’s Grants and Corporate Partnerships page. Join ALSC in Spring 2018 for a webinar about these and other out-of-school time programs.

About ALSC

The Association for Library Service to Children is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit


Angela Hubbard

Program Officer, Projects & Partnerships

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)