Van Alstyne Public Library has received a $1,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase read-along kits and easy reader books targeted for readers ages 5-9. A read-along kit includes a book and the same book recorded on compact disc.

"We are so excited to receive this grant. It will allow us to buy materials that we know will help beginning readers stay reading this summer," said Library Director Tracy Luscombe. "So many skills of school-age children can go dormant, or even, regress in the summer months. "

The Summer Reading Program for this age allows the parent to set the goal for the number of books the child will read this summer; the parent knows their child best and sets their own goal. We ask them to determine how many books the child will read each week and then multiply by 10 for the 10 weeks of summer. Registration began on June 10 and will the program will continue through August 21.

"At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. "It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives."

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a complete list of grant recipients or grant application deadline information, please visit