Danbury Library has been selected as one of 20 public libraries nationwide to receive a $10,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative grant from the American Library Association. Danbury Library plans to offer free, beginner-level English courses for Speakers of Other Languages.
Library Director Katie Pearson says 45% of Danbury residents report speaking a language other than English at home and these classes are one of the most common requests the Information Desk gets. Each course, facilitated by WERACE adult ed, will run for ten weeks with five hours of instruction per week; totaling 50 hours of instruction per course.
85 libraries applied for the 20 available grants, also funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation.