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Summer Reading Program gets boost from Dollar General Grant

SEGUIN, Texas – The Seguin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program got a funding boost through a special grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The foundation awarded the library $1,000.00 that they will use for program prizes.

“We will buy high-interest books to give as prizes for children and teens who complete a set number of hours of reading, as well as small prizes for our kick-off party games,” said Hannah Farmer, Youth Services Librarian.

 Farmer adds that summer reading programs are vital to the community because they encourage children and teens to read for fun. Studies show that reading for fun helps prevent the “summer slide”, when kids lose their skills in reading and math over the summer and have to relearn those things at the beginning of the school year. Pleasure reading is also a predictor of high school graduation and college admission.

“We expect an increase in participation over previous summers due to the new location, and all of the new library cards the community has signed up for. I expect that at least 1500 children and teens will sign up and get their reading logs,” said Farmer.

This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”###

For more information about the summer reading program, go our website:

Children’s Program: http://www.seguintexas.gov/programs/children_s_programs/summer_reading_program.php

Teen Program: http://www.seguintexas.gov/programs/teen_programs/summer_reading_program.php

**About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for nearly 25 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org