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For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2008

DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDS THE “AMERICAN DREAM” FOR 34 LIBRARIES ACROSS <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />U.S.

“The American Dream Starts @ your library” Grant

Funds Literacy and Immigrant Services at Public Libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the recipients of “The American Dream Starts @ your library” grant, which helps public libraries increase their literacy services to adult English language learners. Each of the 34 winning libraries will receive a one-time award of $5,000. The grants are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and implemented by the ALA.

The funded libraries represent communities in 18 states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin - ranging from large urban areas to small, rural towns. Each library demonstrated a need to provide literacy services to adult immigrants and a need to expand and/or add resources and services for adult English language learners. A complete list of the winning libraries is available at

Public libraries have long been a cornerstone of the American dream, providing equal access to information. It is one of the first places to which many immigrants turn for help in learning to read, write and speak English.

“As a longtime supporter of literacy and education, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to fund the ‘American Dream’ grant initiative,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s CEO. “Public libraries are in a unique position to directly reach immigrants and help them assimilate into a new community. These grants will enable local libraries to provide the English language literacy services most needed in their area.”

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) recently found that 11 million U.S. adults or approximately one in 20, most of whom are immigrants, have such limited English skills that they can’t read a newspaper, understand the directions for medication or help their children with schoolwork. “The American Dream Starts @ your library” grant was founded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and ALA to meet the growing demand for English language literacy services.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. For more information visit

About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 8,000 neighborhood stores. 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. In 2007, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $5.7 million in grants to 407 nonprofit organizations, helping more than 300,000 individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit Dollar General is a partner of the Campaign For America’s Libraries, a multi-year public education campaign sponsored by the American Library Association to speak loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century.