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Library of Congress Announces Three New Annual Literacy Awards

December 21, 2012 – The Library of Congress recently announced the creation of three new annual literacy awards.  David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group and major donor to the Library of Congress, will contribute $1.5 million to the awards over five years.  The awards will include the David M. Rubenstein Prize for a groundbreaking contribution to the sustained advancement of literacy by any individual or entity worldwide; the American Prize, honoring a project developed and deployed in the United States during the preceding decade with special emphasis on combating aliteracy; and the International Prize, which would honor the outstanding work of an individual, a nation or a non-governmental organization (NGO) working in a specific country or region.

"Reading has been a powerful force in my life and is a major contributor to my success," said Rubenstein in a press release. "The public library my parents urged me to investigate as a child turned into a limitless source of information and amazement. For me, it opened a door to the universe." 

The Library of Congress Center for the Book will manage the literacy awards program. The Librarian of Congress, who will solicit recommendations from literacy experts on a National Advisory Board to be established for the program, will make final selection of winners. Criteria for the prizes include innovation, replicability, sustainability, measurable impact and demonstration of reliance on existing professional literature and applied practice.

The first winners will be announced in 2013 at the second annual International Summit of the Book, which will be held in Singapore on August 16, 2013.

Additional information is available on the Library of Congress website.

[Posted by: Erin Mosley]     

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