Judith’s Reading Room, a 501 (c) 3 literacy organization founded in 2010, recently announced that applications for its 2019 Freedom Through Literacy Award can be found online at www.JudithsReadingRoom.org/APPLY. The prestigious award, that honors multiple winners, carries a total cash prize of $4,500. Deadline for submission of applications is July 1, 2019.
The annual Freedom Through Literacy Award — the signature element of Judith’s Reading Room — is open to individual champions of literacy including teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators and literacy nonprofits — anyone who has done exemplary work to instill in others a love of reading.
In addition to the $3,000 Grand Prize, the Judith’s Award worth $500, is limited to teachers, librarians and/or authors, who are also eligible to win the Grand Prize. The Board Option Award, totaling $1,000, was created to acknowledge the passion of our board members who are constantly on the lookout for individuals doing something exciting in the world of literacy.
Since its inception in 2010, Judith’s Reading Room has dedicated 96 libraries in 19 countries and counting, with 128,000 books donated valued at nearly $1.4 million dollars. Since 2015, The Freedom Through Literacy Award has disbursed $29,000 and has honored 25 individual champions of literacy in the United States, the Philippines, Bhutan, Pakistan, Rwanda, Cambodia and Mexico. The complete list of libraries and Freedom Through Literacy Award winners can be found at www.JudithsReadingRoom.org.