Spencer, IA (May 18, 2012) – The Spencer Public Library received a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  The grant will be used to advance literacy and academic performance, for all reading levels and abilities, by engaging children, infant to teens, in reading and reading related activities during the summer months.

“The Dollar General Grant has allowed us to expand an already great program. We are thrilled to be able to bring our Summer Reading Program to even more children throughout the community.” Sarah Beth Beaver – Children’s Librarian Spencer Public Library

The Spencer Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is an eight week program beginning May 31. Participants receive a welcome bag with information on the program, reading logs, and a calendar of events. Each child gets a prize after they have finished each of the three levels of reading ending with a bowling party for the children and a lock-in at the library for teens. Each week, for eight weeks, the library will host a free reading and craft/program for both children and teens. Teens will get their face painted like Zombies at the Spencer Community Theater and children will have a “gross out” science center at the library, a magician, and a Clay County Conservationist to speak on Iowa wildlife. Registration kick-off party is May 31 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at the library.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation , English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.   For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit 

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 $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 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