Library Announces Winners of 2018 Literacy Awards
Top Honors Awarded to Reading Is Fundamental, East Side Community School and Instituto Pedagógico para Problemas del Lenguaje
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide were awarded the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced tonight.
Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein awarded the top prizes to: Reading Is Fundamental of Washington, D.C.; East Side Community School of New York City; and Instituto Pedagógico para Problemas del Lenguaje of Mexico City.
The Literacy Awards, originated by Rubenstein in 2013, honor organizations doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in working for universal literacy.
Prizes and Recipients
David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000)
Reading Is Fundamental, Washington, D.C.
American Prize ($50,000)
East Side Community School, New York City
International Prize ($50,000
Instituto Pedagógico para Problemas del Lenguaje, Mexico City
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program also is honoring 15 organizations for their implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. These organizations are:
- America SCORES, New York City
- Fundación A Mano Manaba, Jama, Ecuador
- Learning Ally, Princeton, New Jersey
- Mango Tree Literacy Lab, Lira, Uganda
- Minnesota Literacy Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
- Philadelphia Office of Adult Education, Philadelphia
- Project Read, Provo, Utah
- ProLiteracy Worldwide, Syracuse, New York
- Reach Education, Inc., Washington, D.C.
- Resources for the Blind, Quezon City, Philippines
- Sesame Workshop India Trust, New Delhi, India
- Transformemos Fundación Para El Desarrollo Social, Cundinamarca, Colombia
- Umuhuza, Kigali, Rwanda
- Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), Washington, D.C.
- World Possible, Irvine, California