The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Whippanong Library a $260 grant to support youth literacy.
The grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves.
With the award, the library purchased large print books for reluctant or struggling middle school and high school students. The books will be labeled large print and shelved with the middle-school and young adult books.
Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor and has since helped more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
The books are now available for borrowing.