2017-03-16 / Community

Columbia Township Library receives $1,680 grant

UNIONVILLE — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Columbia Township Library a $1,680 grant to support youth literacy.

“This grant allowed us to purchase a wonderful collection of over 80 youth audiobooks,” said CTL Library Director Briynne McCrea. “These audiobooks are a great choice for reluctant or struggling readers, busy families, and book lovers in general.”

“We’re so pleased to be able to offer a wide variety of audio materials for our patrons. Our children’s stories on CD have accompanying picture books featuring Disney characters, Pete the Cat, Eric Carle characters, and other favorites,” McCrea added.

“For middle-grade children, there are audiobook classics like “Because of Winn Dixie,” by Kate DiCamillo and Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet,” along with newer favorites including the “Harry Potter” series and “Wonder,” by R. J. Palacio,” McCrea also said.

“For teens, titles include popular series like the “Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the “Red Queen” series by Victoria Aveyard, as well as titles by John Green, Veronica Roth, and Marissa Mayer,” McCrea added.

“We are proud to encourage youth literacy in the community, and I thank Dollar General for their generous support of this important children’s cause. Columbia Township Library offers free library cards to members of the public regardless of where they live, and we would love for you to come in and check out the new materials,” said McCrea.

This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. These grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.

Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos said, “By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities. These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”

Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.

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