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Elk Valley Library Association obtains $1K Dollar General grant

Earlier this month, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Elk Valley Library Association Inc. a grant to support summer literacy.

The local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“We are thrilled with the extra boost this will give area early readers and their families,” said Tina Stodola, a member of the board who wrote the grant. “Since the devastation of the June 2016 flood which cut off the Elk Valley Library from the Crossings Mall and the loss of the Clendenin branch of Kanawha County Public Library, the area needs so much attention.”

EVLA Board President Dianne Pankau said they are so happy to have the Elk Valley Express Library open at Big Chimney and for the extra stops the Bookmobile has in Clendenin. Elk Valley Express is a temporary location until the Crossing Mall access is open.

The grant will support Summer Enrichment Reading 2017, a program with additional literacy-based crafts and reading as well as letter incentives for early readers. It is focused at the Elk Valley Express Library and summer stops of the Bookmobile at Clendenin.

Elk Valley Express Library patrons will be encouraged to interact more with letters. Each time patrons under the age of 12 visit Elk Valley Express or the Bookmobile in Clendenin and check out one or more books, they will be given an entry for prize drawings which will include word games and books. During storytime, children will be encouraged to recognize letters and sounds from their stories.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, in a media release. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of serving others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

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 $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

The Elk Valley Library Association was formed in 1977 to support the Elk Valley Branch of Kanawha County Public Library. Branch Manager Ellie Teaford said, “We are dedicated to our community members’ education and library’s growth and operation within the greater Elk Valley area. We look forward to assisting our library and community however we can with summer reading efforts and this summer’s program theme, ‘Build A Better World.’”

Teaford said they are very grateful for the grant from the Dollar General as well as support from Kanawha County Public Library and donors to the Annual Fund.


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