2nd Annual Freedom Through Literacy Award
$10,000 To Be Awarded to Individual Champions of Literacy
September 1, 2015 — Bethlehem, Pa. Judith’s Reading Room announced today that
applications for its 2nd Annual Freedom Through Literacy Awards are available.
To apply, applicants should visit: WWW.JUDITHSREADINGROOM.ORG/
FREEDOM-THROUGH-LITERACY-AWARD. Deadline for submissions is January
26, 2016. Winners will be publicly announced at the Colonial Association of
Reading Educators (C.A.R.E’s) Celebrate Literacy Award Dinner on Wednesday,
May 4, 2016 at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA.
Judith’s Reading Room will award $10,000 in prize money to individual champions
of literacy from around the world — educators, librarians, authors, researchers and
non-profit literacy organizations — anyone who has done exemplary work to instill
in others a love of reading. The Award carries a top prize of $5,000 and up to five
$1,000 runner-up awards.
The Freedom Through Literacy Award recognizes literacy projects and/or programs
that are innovative, are measurably impactful, can be replicated, go beyond the
individual’s “call of duty,” and clearly express the individual’s philosophy about
literacy. The inaugural Award attracted 34 Applications from around the world.
The diverse judging panel of 23 local and international individuals has been
established. The panel includes teachers, administrators, executives from multiple
disciplines, attorneys, and last year’s grand prize winner, Ms. Basarat Kazim,
founder of “Alif Laila Book Bus Society’s Mobile Library,” Lahore, Pakistan.
Judith’s Reading Room, a nonprofit literacy organization, was founded in 2010. Its
mission is “Freedom Through Literacy.” The organization has dedicated 91
libraries around the world including 123,417 books worth $1,339,570.