Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the National Education Association is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in states served by the Company. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. Types of disasters include tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide, or a fire or act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The disasterís impact can be felt through a direct loss or through an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students. Initial priority will be given to school libraries impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. The public school library can serve Pre-K to 12 and must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office. An application is available online and additional information is available on the American Library Associationís Web site.
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