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Greetings, American Dream libraries past and present! The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services will be having a *free* webinar next week featuring reflections on community engagement. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 6 from 12:30-1:30pm Central time. 

Greetings, Round 4 Libraries! 

Welcome to the American Dream community on ALA Connect. Here, you can post updates on your library's goings-on, share files (i.e., flyers, word docs, PDFs, etc.), link to articles of interest, and tap the 'hive mind' of the over 150 American Dream library alumni as you move forward with your American Dream programs. 

For your convenience, we've attached a copy of the 'Getting Started' guide and have also uploaded a quick start video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAe1RUe6eAc

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Discussion Apply to be a pilot site for new adult literacy library initiative

by Kristin Lahurd (staff) on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries National Library Literacy Action Agenda. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, ALA and ProLiteracy will develop an openly accessible training and a collection of resources.

ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy have joined efforts to further the initiatives outlined in the Adult Literacy through Libraries National Library Literacy Action Agenda. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, ALA and ProLiteracy will develop an openly accessible training and a collection of resources. The goal is to help libraries across the country create personalized action plans for serving their communities’ adult learners.

This next phase of the project will pilot resources at three public libraries and guide sites in developing and implementing individual Action Agenda initiatives. ALA and ProLiteracy will use the pilot findings to refine the instruction, guide the curation of resources and develop an electronic learning/sharing forum (listserv). The outcome will be a Web-based training with supporting resources to encourage public libraries in meeting adult literacy needs.

Pilot sites will receive a $5,000 stipend and funding to cover project travel. They will be expected to participate in an assessment of community literacy needs, complete two online courses, take part in monthly conference calls with a national advisory group, and travel for a meeting of the pilot sites.

Libraries interested in being considered as a pilot site can access more information and the application here:http://www.ala.org/advocacy/adult-literacy-libraries-action-apply-be-pilot-site

The application deadline is midnight CDT on Sunday, July 12.

Please contact Alicia Suskin at ProLiteracy with any questions: asuskin@proliteracy.org

About the American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services supports equity and inclusion as fundamental values of the association. Initiatives undertaken by the office help ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives within the library profession and advocate for equitable access to library services for all. www.ala.org/diversity

About ProLiteracy

ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries.

For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org

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Discussion Louisville Free Public Library and iPads at Conversation Clubs

by Kelly Dunnagan (non-member) on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Just an update of the goings on at the Main Library in Louisville. 

 

Tonight's English Conversation Club will have a "soft preview" of the iPads and apps we were able to allocate from the funds received through ALA and Dollar General. 

 

A proper press release is in the works to be sent out sometime next week. 

 

I have attached the flier we've been using to acquire interested volunteers. 

 

 

Discussion Bedford Public Library brands new literacy program - AWARE

by Jennifer Novalis (non-member) on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 02:09 pm

BPLS is happy to report that we got a 1/4 page picture and brief article in our local paper.  We branded our new service AWARE, or Access Wealth through Adult Reading Education.  The grant money will be put to good use and I hope our project catches on.  My next task is to get some staff to work up a logo to go along with the acronym which we'll use on all our advertisements.   

Discussion Hello from The Houston Public Library

by Clementina Nunez (non-member) on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 04:42 pm

Hello Everyone,

Hello Everyone,

We like to thank the American Dream Starts@ your library for awarding us with this grant! This grant will allow the Houston Public Library Community Engagement team to continue to take our ESL classes on the road.  With this grant we are able to have additional resources that we can use in our mobile ESL classes. Practically on a daily basis the Community Engagement Team brings access to technology and a number of programs to high need neighborhoods around Houston, TX. Please access our webpage to learn more about what we at http://houstonlibrary.org/our-partners/community-engagement.

 -Community Engagement 

 

 

 

 

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Discussion York County Libraries Says Hello!

by Elyse Pollick (non-member) on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

Hello from York, Pennsylvania! I'm Elyse Pollick, Grants Development Manager for York County Libraries. 

York County Libraries are so excited to continue as American Dream Libraries for 2015! Last year's program called York Reads! will continue for the nearly 40,000 functionally illiterate in our community. 

Hello from York, Pennsylvania! I'm Elyse Pollick, Grants Development Manager for York County Libraries. 

York County Libraries are so excited to continue as American Dream Libraries for 2015! Last year's program called York Reads! will continue for the nearly 40,000 functionally illiterate in our community. 

York County Libraries has partnered with our friends at the York County Literacy Council for a countywide campaign to recruit tutors to match with adult English Language Learners and expand the York County Literacy Council’s collection of English language learning resources, now accessible through any of the 13 York County Libraries and the York County Literacy Council’s main location.

Last year 300 new library cards were issued  to Literacy Council staff, tutors and students. 

We're excited to continue the program into 2015 and beyond. Thank you to American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation for supporting all the important work libraries across America are doing  to make the American Dream come true. 

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Discussion Belated Happy New Year and "Hello" from Louisville, KY!

by Kelly Dunnagan (non-member) on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 05:17 pm

Hello All!

First, I must give a VERY warm "thank you" to the ALA for choosing the Louisville Free Public Library as one of the American Dream Starts @ Your Library grant! 

I am a Cultural Program Specialist and recent graduate of Florida State University with a MLS and shall be spearheading this initiative within our international communities. 

Louisville is a large recipient of refugees/immigrants; specifically from countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, Iraq, Somalia and other various African countries.

Hello All!

First, I must give a VERY warm "thank you" to the ALA for choosing the Louisville Free Public Library as one of the American Dream Starts @ Your Library grant! 

I am a Cultural Program Specialist and recent graduate of Florida State University with a MLS and shall be spearheading this initiative within our international communities. 

Louisville is a large recipient of refugees/immigrants; specifically from countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, Iraq, Somalia and other various African countries.

We will be promoting the use of iPads with ESL apps added to help our English Conversation Club participants. Areas of help needed from our "students" include: pronounciation, basic grammar, vocabulary and citizenship materials. 

Ever so excited to get the ball rolling!

 

http://www.lfpl.org/international/

 

Regards,

Kelly Dunnagan

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Discussion Deadline extended to Oct. 13 to apply for The American Dream Starts @ your library grant funding

by John Amundsen (staff) on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

Attention American Dream Libraries!

Monday, October 13 is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing adult literacy through The American Dream Starts @ your library® initiative, as part of the fourth round of funding.  

Attention American Dream Libraries!

Monday, October 13 is the new deadline for libraries to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to support programs aimed at enhancing adult literacy through The American Dream Starts @ your library® initiative, as part of the fourth round of funding.  

To be eligible for funding, the applicant institution must be a public library, or a public library with a bookmobile providing literacy services for adult English language learners, and must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office. Each funded library will receive a one-time grant ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Libraries from previous rounds of the project are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding with a limit of two consecutive years of funding. Once a library receives two consecutive years of funding, the library may apply again after a one-year hiatus.

Applications for funding are being accepted online through October 13, 2014. Selected applicants will be notified in early November 2014. To learn more about the American Dream Starts @ your library® and/or apply, please visit www.ala.org/americandream

To learn more about the applications, please call Zina Clark at (312) 280-4297. 

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Discussion Life Skills for ESL Question

by Diana Russell (non-member) on Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 09:06 am

Does anybody have teacher friendly resource materials you like for teaching life skills classes?  We are exploring the possibility of adding this to our ESL program.

Discussion Welcome to Lincoln City Libraries video

by Kathryn Kelley (non-member) on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has produced new videos in six languages as part of the American Library Association's "The American Dream Starts @ your library" program. The videos introduce new users to the library in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

LCL Director Pat Leach said the concept of a free public library is new to many immigrants. She said the videos will help LCL increase its reach to non-English speakers by explaining how to use the public library.

Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has produced new videos in six languages as part of the American Library Association's "The American Dream Starts @ your library" program. The videos introduce new users to the library in English, Arabic, Karen, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

LCL Director Pat Leach said the concept of a free public library is new to many immigrants. She said the videos will help LCL increase its reach to non-English speakers by explaining how to use the public library.

"Lincoln City Libraries has always been a resource for new members of the community, whether they have relocated from another city, state or country," Leach said. "The public library offers information, online access to resources, literacy resources and programs for all ages."

The videos were produced by 5 CITY-TV, and DVDs are available at all libraries. They also can be viewed online at lincolnlibraries.org and at youtube.com/5citytv.

Funding for the program is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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Discussion ESL Teaching from Little Elm, Texas

by Diana Russell (non-member) on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 03:04 pm

When I noticed the students don't know American names enough to know at a glance whether a name is male or female, I stopped using names from their cultures and started exclusively using American names so they could become familiar with more of them.  It also helps because they are learning how to pronounce the American names.

Our reading tutor program made the Dallas Morning News, which has brought us additional publicity and a new adult who wants to learn to read.  Attached is the article in case anyone wants to look at it.

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