Texas Center for the Book Seeking Nominations for $2,000 Literacy Award

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The Texas Center for the Book needs your nominations to help a literacy-based nonprofit receive $2,000 this fall! They are seeking qualified nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the Sixth Annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $2,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. Additionally, at least one honorable mention recipient will be awarded $500.

The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations that are committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy. To be eligible, the primary purpose of the nominated nonprofit organization must be to support and encourage literacy. Organizations may self-nominate for the award or nominate partner nonprofit organizations. Applications are accepted online (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/literacyaward), and nominations will be accepted through Sept. 1. The 2022 winner will be announced in October.

While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that library friends organizations, public libraries, school and academic libraries and other library entities are not eligible for nomination. However, these entities are encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and answer brief questions regarding community impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization’s partnerships with libraries, and nominated organizations are encouraged, but not required, to produce a two-minute video that highlights the impact of the nominated programming.

All nomination forms become the property of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and may be used in whole or in part in informational or educational materials. The winning organization must provide documentation proving 501(c)(3) status.

This award is made possible by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Inc. and was inspired by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The winners are encouraged to apply for the annual Library of Congress Literacy Award Program.

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