Rebekah Manley

Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

Midland Need to Read Named 2016 Recipient of Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas Center for the Book has chosen Midland Need to Read as the recipient of the first annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. This $1,000 award, which honors a qualified non-profit organization that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas was made possible by a generous donation from David Rubenstein and the Library of Congress.

Midland Need to Read (MN2R) seeks to enhance and empower the lives of Midland County adults through literacy by helping them reach their personal literacy goals. These goals include passing the GED exam, learning English as a second language, cultivating basic computer skills, and improving proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. MN2R assigns a literacy skill level to each learner through enrollment, goal setting, and testing. The organization provides books and materials specific to each student’s literacy level and needs. The MN2R staff maintains contact with all participants throughout their involvement and offers training, resources, and encouragement.

“We were delighted to receive close to 20 worthy applications from across the state in the inaugural year of the Texas award. The purpose of this award is to highlight a winning organization, while promoting a greater appreciation and awareness of literacy efforts statewide,” said Texas Center for the Book Coordinator Rebekah Manley. “We hope to highlight other applicants on our website to provide Texans the awareness and opportunity to support literacy efforts in their own backyards.”

For more information on Texas Center for the Book initiatives, a project of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, visit and contact Rebekah Manley, Texas Center for the Book Coordinator, at or 512-936-2505.