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Socastee Library Awarded American Dream Literacy Initiative Grant

Conway, South Carolina-The Socastee Library, a branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System, has been awarded a $10,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative Grant by the American Library Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to establish an “English Language Learners” (ELL) program at the Socastee Library to assist various communities to learn English. The grant is one of 16 that have been awarded across the United States through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process for which 98 libraries applied.

The library will host small group instruction Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., one-on-one conversation instruction, where students will need make an appointment during library hours, and “Let’s Speak English”, a conversational session that will be held Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

The grant money will be also be used to purchase technology such as iPads and a mobile Smart Board. This technology will enable staff and volunteers to interact with students while conducting the programs and will allow students to learn or improve their English speaking, reading, and writing skills. 

The Socastee Library will continue to partner with Horry County Adult Education to improve lives in our community and advocate for literacy. The library is also in the planning stages of partnering with the Horry County Literacy Council to create additional support for the community and to offer tailored assistance to attendees of the offered programs.

For more information, please contact the Socastee Library at (843) 215-4700.

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