For immediate release | April 16, 2013

Dollar General recognized with AASL Crystal Apple

CHICAGO — American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Susan Ballard has selected Dollar General as the recipient of the 2013 Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students. Since 2006, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has funded the AASL beyond Words grant program, which provides relief to public school libraries affected by disasters.

“I did not have to think twice about the unique opportunity afforded to me as AASL president to recognize Dollar General with the Crystal Apple,” said Ballard. “When I consider their unwavering commitment to ‘be there’ and restore school library programs to tens of thousands of students after a disaster, it is truly almost beyond words for me to express heartfelt appreciation and admiration for a corporate culture that is devoted to doing the right thing.”

The Beyond Words grant program supports public school libraries nationwide that have suffered materials losses because of a major disaster ranging from hurricanes, tornados, flood, earthquakes, fires or an act of terrorism. Funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment within school libraries and can also be used to offset costs by those schools that have opened their doors to significant numbers of new students displaced by disaster. To date, more than 1.3 million dollars in grants have been awarded to over 140 schools across the country.

"From the beginning of their outreach after Hurricane Katrina, to the current wave of support for schools recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Dollar General has stepped up and stepped in,” continues Ballard. “Not only have they provided disaster relief, but they have helped restore the aspirations of so many programs who work to ensure students and teachers are afforded quality resources and services. It is a privilege to honor Dollar General for their selfless efforts that mean so much, to so many.”

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer R Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

800-545-2433 ext.4383