Alachua Branch Library received $2,900 literacy grant from Dollar General

June 8, 2015

Alachua County Library District’s Alachua Branch was awarded a $2,900 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support a brand new Summer Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Power program. This program was developed to help teens increase their experience in collaborative work, project organization and problem solving. The grant will fund instructional materials for the program and the purchase of a 3D printer that will be used at one of the three digital literacy stations to engage students in creative and inventive learning all summer.

Alachua Branch Librarian Linda Dean applied for the grant. Dean’s grant proposal illustrated how library space and staff provide a safe, welcoming place for teens. Additional funding could transform Alachua Branch’s meeting room into a Makerspace for local youth to create various computer aided objects, work with robotic kits and learn to use a 3D printer to master advanced levels of computer aided design. Both staff and students at Santa Fe High School and Mebane Middle School were impressed and inspired when Dean presented the program in May. They were eager to learn of the possible opportunity to have free access to a 3D printer, instruction and materials at the Alachua Branch Library during the summer.

Dollar General awarded the entire $2,900 requested amount from its Summer Literacy Program to support literacy and education initiatives within the Alachua community. On June 8, the check was presented to Alachua Branch Librarian Linda Dean from Dollar General’s Distribution Center Director Alain Arrendell and Inbound Manager Kim Bradley.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Dollar General to expand opportunities for the youth of Alachua,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “This grant helps our library to support digital literacy in this community and provide summer programs for kids that don’t have as many choices for summer camps and activities. This program will help kids be better prepared for STEAM activities when they return to school.”

This grant will make it possible for teens to participate every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. from June 11 through August 20, in the Summer STEAM Power program. This Makerspace setting and inventive format designed for teens will help them to improve many skills while they develop, create and make their own creations.

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About Dollar General and its Literacy Foundation

Dollar General has more than 11,950 stores in 43 states with more retail locations than any retailer in America. As part of the company’s mission, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives to help improve lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

Check presentation photo attached, from the left: Alachua Branch Librarian Linda Dean, Dollar General’s Distribution Center Director Alain Arrendell and Inbound Manager Kim Bradley.


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