Alachua County Library District receives $10,000 literacy grant

February 4, 2019

Media Advisory – Feb. 4, 2019


Gainesville, Fla. – The Alachua County Library District received a $10,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative grant to enrich its award-winning Conversational English Program for adult English Language Learners at the Tower Road Branch Library.


Grant funds will be used to establish a project called, English Language Learners (ELLs) Excel! Participate, Connect, Discover. The team will introduce technology, textbooks, online workbooks, an oral history collection and “Literacy Through the Arts” programming with a monthly ESOL Club designed to meet the growing demand of English Language Learners in Alachua County.


Administered by the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Dream Literacy Initiative is an adult literacy program based in public libraries throughout the U.S.


This year, the Alachua County Library District, in partnership with the University of Florida’s College of Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/Bilingual Education Department, Santa Fe College’s ESOL Department and the Public Schools of Alachua County, ESOL Department, was selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Nearly 100 public libraries applied for 16 available grants, according to the ALA Public Programs Office.


With grant support, Alachua County Library District staff and volunteers, along with University of Florida interns, will interview English Language Learners (ELLs) participating in the Conversational English Program to create an oral history collection that will be available to the public online.


For more information, contact Patricia Carr, American Dream Literacy Initiative Project director, at or visit


If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 

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