CHICAGO – Dale Lipschultz, project manager of the American Dream Starts @ your library, describes how a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant program has helped public libraries around the country increase their literacy services to adult English language learners.
Thirty-four libraries in 18 states received one time, $5000 ‘American Dream’ awards. Libraries received grants in 18 states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Lipschultz says the libraries, which are located in all types of settings, including small rural locations and large urban areas, demonstrated a need to provide literacy services and resources to adult English language learners. – Contributed by Mark Gould, director, ALA Public Information Office.