Grantee Libraries

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Grantee Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the seventh round of the American Dream Literacy Initiative grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The American Dream Literacy initiative is a year-long program that delivers services and serves thousands of English language learners in a warm and welcoming environment. In 2019, 16 U.S. public libraries were selected through a competitive application process.

To date, more than 200 public libraries have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. American Dream libraries offer computer access and training, job readiness programs, and ELL, GED and citizenship classes.

As part of the initiative, American Dream libraries build replicable programs, develop coalition-building strategies and provide annotated lists of vetted resources for libraries across the country. Much of the program’s success relies on outreach to new immigrant populations, and requires public libraries to build strong partnerships while leveraging additional resources received through these collaborative efforts.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative is administered by ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) and Public Programs Office (PPO).

The 2019 American Dream Libraries are:

The 2018 American Dream Libraries were:

Review the grantee lists from previous rounds of the program.