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February 21, 2013 Published in Non-Profits, Top Stories

Alexandria Library Wins $8k American Dream Grant From American Library Association

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Alexandria Library has been chosen as a recipient of the American Dream Grant, which has been awarded to only 44 other public libraries in the nation.  The American Library Association selected libraries in 21 states to receive these one-time grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities. This funding, made possible by ALA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation,  will help libraries build their print and digital ESL collections, increase computer access and raise the visibility of library services for immigrant populations.

“The library is very pleased to receive this award since it supports our efforts to help those individuals in our community for which English is a second language," said Rose Dawson, Alexandria Library’s Director.   "Whether these resources are used to prepare adults for the workforce, help them play a role in their child’s education, or simply bridge the digital divide, it allows us to expand our outreach into Alexandria's diverse community."

The newest American Dream libraries join a cohort of 100 previously funded programs in Dollar General communities. All American Dream libraries are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office. These American Dream libraries built easily replicable programs, developed coalition-building strategies and provided annotated lists of proven resources for libraries across the country serving adult English language learners.

“We applaud the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's recognition of the role libraries play in building their communities,” said Maureen Sullivan, 2012-13 ALA President. “Because of the Foundation's generosity, 44 libraries will have additional resources to build their literacy programs and to extend a welcome to all people they serve.  Indeed, the American Dream Starts @ your library!”

To see the list of the 2013 libraries, please visit www.americandreamtoolkit.org.

About the ALA

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with 58,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

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