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Judith's Reading Room Announces Champions of Literacy Award

posted Sep 7, 2015, 8:00 AM by Joe Shosh
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.
Joe Shosh,
Sep 7, 2015, 8:00 AM