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Article posted: 1/21/2013 3:58 PM

Library receives American Dream Grant to expand citizenship resources

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By Submitted by Schaumburg Township Library District

A $15,000 grant from the American Library Association was recently awarded to the Schaumburg Township District Library (STDL) to expand its resources for U.S. citizenship preparation and English as a Second Language classes. This "American Dream Starts @ Your Library" literacy initiative money will be used to purchase materials and increase the number of classes to help area immigrants legally attain U.S. citizenship.

According to STDL Literacy coordinator Pat Parch, the library will provide citizenship classes at the Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park branches, in addition to the Central Library classes in Schaumburg. The money will also be used to expand the English as a Second Language collection at both branches.

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STDL is one of 150 libraries nationwide to receive the American Dream grant. To apply, the library submitted a proposal that reflected its mission to serve a culturally diverse population in which approximately 85 different languages are spoken.

Anyone who wants to attend U.S. citizenship classes or who seeks to improve English reading, writing or speaking skills may contact Pat Barch at (847) 923-3387 or email pbarch@stdl.org.

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