|LOC winners: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the Parents as Teachers National Center and the Luminos Fund.|
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading around the world were awarded 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The recipients were announced on International Literacy Day (September 8). This year's honorees are:
David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.,
American Prize ($50,000): Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis, Mo.
International Prize ($50,000): Luminos Fund, Boston, Mass.
"Literacy develops the mind and the heart, engages the intellect and imagination, and builds wide-ranging knowledge of the world," said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. "Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress is proud to honor and celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary organizations in their efforts to advance literacy and enable people to survive and thrive in the world."
In addition, the LOC is honoring 14 other organizations by giving each of them $5,000 "for their implementation of highly successful practices in literacy promotion."