American Library Association and Dollar General Foundation partner to increase literacy services to English language learners

Contact: John Amundsen

Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2140

For Immediate Release

January 12, 2010

CHICAGO–The American Library Association (ALA) received a $750,000 two year grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to continue “The American Dream Starts @ your library.” In 2007, ALA received a similar grant for resource development and library mini-grants.

This new round of funding will help 70 public libraries in Dollar General communities expand their literacy services for adult English language learners. In addition, ALA will continue to support equal access to information by addressing the literacy and educational needs of new Americans.

Information regarding library mini-grants will be released during ALA’s Midwinter meeting, January 15-19 in Boston, Mass.

About the ALA

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.

About Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has improved the functional literacy of adults by providing grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy.

Dollar General’s commitment to literacy began with J.L. Turner, co-founder of Dollar General. With only a third grade education, J.L. overcame tremendous odds and built the company now known as Dollar General Corporation.

The adult literacy grants program and the family literacy grants program are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Foundation supports non-profit organizations within Dollar General's market area that are established for public use and have an active 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service Code.

About Dollar General Stores

Dollar General is a Fortune 500(R) discount retailer with over 8,000 neighborhood stores. Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as a selection of basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The Company store support center is located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Dollar General's Web site can be reached at