Plainfield Public Library District is one of the seventy public libraries in 21 states selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to receive $5,000 grants as part of “The American Dream Starts @ your library®” literacy project. This initiative is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. For more information about the grant, click here.
Assistant Library Director Lisa Pappas and Head of Outreach Services Ceil Carey wrote the grant application to secure additional funding to support the Library's programs for adult English language learners. While our local schools help the children of our resident immigrants hone their English language skills, there is no single organization dedicated to supporting our adult English language learners. The Library is bridging that gap, just as we bridge the "digital divide," providing technology resources for our residents who cannot afford to have access to computers and the Internet in their homes. Through cooperation and partnerships with other organizations, the Library can help connect these residents to resources and opportunities for these residents to achieve their American Dream.
Thank you to Dollar General and the American Library Association for giving us the means to help our adult English language learners!