Rebekah Manley

Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

Texas Center for the Book Seeks Applicants for 2017 Literacy Award

Monday, May 22, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas Center for the Book is seeking non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas, qualifying organizations must be nominated by September 1, 2017.

The winning organization will receive a $1,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. This year, an honorable mention recipient will receive an $500 cash award. These awards provide public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy. The 2017 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the 2nd Annual Texas Author Summit at the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 2, 2017.

Non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to support and encourage literacy are eligible for the 2017 Literacy Award. Organizations may self-nominate for the award, or nominate partner non-profit organizations. While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that library friends organizations, public, school and academic libraries or other library entities are not eligible for nomination. These entities are highly encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and a statement of 500 words or less on the nominated program’s value and impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization's partnerships with libraries.

For more information on submitting a nomination, please visit the Texas Center for the Book’s website at

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 as informational or educational materials. The winning organization must provide documentation proving 501(c)(3) status. Inspired by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, funding is made possible by The Friends of the Libraries and Archives of Texas.

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