Reading and success are inextricably linked. Those who read well and widely throughout their lifetimes are much more likely to achieve success and satisfaction in life. Our nation was founded on the written word, and reading is fundamental to maintaining our dynamic democracy.
Established in 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards recognize and support institutions in the United States and abroad that have made significant contributions to combating illiteracy.
The Literacy Awards program is administered by the Library's Center for the Book.
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program is made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, a major donor to Library of Congress programs, including its annual National Book Festival.
- Read the press release announcing the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.
In 2013, three prizes were awarded:
- The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000), for a groundbreaking contribution to the sustained advancement of literacy by any entity worldwide
- The American Prize ($50,000), for a project developed and implemented during the past decade
- The International Prize ($50,000), for the work of a nation or nongovernmental organization working in a specific country or region
- Read the press release about the winners of the 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Awards
A “Best Practices” publication was produced to highlight outstanding work of the organizations that applied for awards.
For information on the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards program, sign up for emails at http://www.loc.gov/rss/ and choose “Center for the Book and National Book Festival.”