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March 16, 2018
 

Chandler Public Library to expand Adult Literacy classes with $10,000 American Dream Literacy grant
 
Dollar General Literacy FoundationChandler Public Library has been selected as one of 20 public libraries nationwide to receive a $10,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
 
With the funding, Chandler Public Library will expand the services of its Adult Literacy classes with new updated textbooks and teacher’s guides, as well as maps, dictionaries, flash cards and digital devices.  The library offers adult education classes with its Small Group English Language Learning, Talk Time and Citizenship Workshop programs.  Last year, 37 volunteers donated 2,853 hours to provide instruction to 694 adults at all four Chandler Library locations. 
 
For more than 20 years, the Chandler Public Library and the Friends of the Chandler Public Library have recognized the need for free and accessible adult English instruction in the Chandler community.
 
“We support the basic educational needs of new residents of our community by imparting the skills and knowledge that will not only prepare them to reach their personal and professional goals, but assist them with creating their own opportunities. In addition, we hope to help each individual develop confidence in themselves and engage critically within the Chandler community,” said Chandler Public Library Manager Dan Lee.
 
The American Dream Literacy Initiative, made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country. Chandler Public Library was selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Eighty-five public libraries applied for the 20 available grants, according to the ALA Public Programs Office. A list of all 20 recipients of the 2018 American Dream Literacy Grants is online at ala.org/advocacy/literacy/americandream.
 
Since the program’s inception, more than 200 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.
 
Chandler Library continues to receive requests on a daily basis for more sessions, and the Downtown Library has recently undergone a renovation resulting in additional tutor rooms and more space to expand. Residents who are interested in taking a class can visit the Library’s website at chandlerlibrary.org, or call 480-782-2800.