The Library Receives $2,500 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Literacy Through the Summer Discovery Program

YOUNGSTOWN (June 28, 2018, 2018) – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) a $2,500 grant to support literacy through the Library’s 2018 Summer Discovery Program, “Libraries Rock!”   This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to more than 1,000 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are thankful to Dollar General for their generous support of the Library’s Summer Discovery program,” said Library Executive Director Aimee Fifarek. “Their commitment to literacy is apparent and our entire community benefits from Dollar General’s donation.”

This year’s Summer Discovery program began in May and runs through July. Summer Discovery brings in thousands of young people throughout Mahoning County each year and offers something for everyone, from babies to kids to teens to adults. “With generous support such as this, the Library can bring in quality presenters that educate as well as entertain,” said Janet Loew, Library Communications and Public Relations Director.

“Dollar General’s generosity is much appreciated. Their donation will benefit the thousands of children who participate in the Library’s Summer Discovery Program,” said Deborah Liptak, Library Development Director. Donations to the Library can be made by contacting Mrs. Liptak at 330-744-6086 or at dliptak@libraryvisit.org.

Josephine Nolfi, Director of Programming and Youth Services, says, “Summer Discovery is an important part of encouraging kids to read throughout the summer, when school is not in session, to help kids keep up their reading skills and avoid Summer Slide. Research shows that reading during the summer can help kids be more prepared when entering school in the fall.”

About the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC)
The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County has been serving the community since 1880. The Library has 15 locations throughout Mahoning County and offers a variety of services and materials for information, education and entertainment. Libraries are community gathering places, offering meeting room spaces and programs which bring people together. At PLYMC, customers connect with the materials and services they need to inspire them and enrich their lives. The Summer Discovery Program is an important means for students to avoid “summer slide,” the term used to describe a loss of reading skills that frequently happens during the summer when students are out of school for an extended period.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including this grant, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”
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 $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

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. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,609 stores in 44 states as of March 2, 2018. In addition to high-quality, private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo.