May 18, 2022

New Document: Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Publishes ‘Best Practices in Literacy Promotion’

New from The Center for the Book/Library of Congress.

From the News Release:

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program, established in 2013 and announcing its first awards last September, has just published “Best Practices,” a review of the outstanding work in the field of literacy being done by the 26 semifinalists for the awards.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress administers the program, which is made possible by the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and a major donor to the Library of Congress, including its annual National Book Festival.

“‘Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2013 Best Practices’ addresses the topic of literacy from the programmatic level and highlights the extraordinary efforts of the individuals, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations that applied for the awards,” said John Y. Cole, chair of the Literacy Awards program and director of the Center for the Book.

The Literacy Awards advisory board reviewed the 187 applications that were received from 28 U.S. states and 21 countries, narrowing them down to 26 semifinalists. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington made the final selections.

“Best Practices,” written by Maralita L. “Micki” Freeny, a librarian with more than 40 years of experience, identifies eight practices commonly employed by the semifinalists:

  • Facilitating access to print
  • Cultivating diverse partnerships
  • Leveraging of community resources
  • Assuring cultural relevance
  • Using technology
  • Developing writing skills
  • Reading aloud and storytelling
  • Fostering early intervention and family engagement

The report (PDF ) is available via and also embedded below.

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