Information about "The American Dream Starts @ your library" mini-grants at Visibility @ your library

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications,

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546


For Immediate Release

February 9, 2010

CHICAGO – Key information about a new grant available to public libraries to develop literacy programs for adult English language learners can be found by visiting
Visibility@ your library. You can view a video featuring Dale Lipschultz, literacy officer for the American Library Association’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS).

In January 2010, the American Library Association (ALA) received a two-year grant of $750,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for “The American Dream Starts @ your library.” This funding makes it possible for ALA to fund 70 public libraries in Dollar General communities to develop literacy programs for adult English language learners.

To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library, or a public library with a bookmobile providing literacy services for adult English language learners, and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Each funded library will receive a onetime $5,000 grant.

Applications for funding are being accepted online through Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. Selected applicants will be notified in early April, 2010. To learn more about the American Dream Starts @ your library, the library grants and to apply online, please visit

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