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American Library Association

Category: Regional

The Association administers Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund, a fund that supports public school libraries in the communities served by Dollar General. The Fund provides grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are required to be used to replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment in the school library setting. Natural disasters are defined as tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, or mudslide. Libraries damaged by fires or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism also qualify for these grants. The impact can be through direct loss or through an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students. Initially, priority will be given to school libraries impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Eligible libraries must be attached to a public school and serve preK-12 and must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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