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Literacy Network Received Library of Congress Award

Literacy Network is honored to announce that it has been named a Library of Congress Successful Practices Honoree. It joins just 14 other organizations worldwide in receiving a Library of Congress Literacy Award in 2022.

The Literacy Awards Program, originated by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honors organizations that provide exemplary, innovative, and replicable strategies to support literacy development. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $3 million in prizes to over 150 institutions working in 38 countries.

“Literacy means you can absorb information yourself and make your own decision, and that is freedom,” 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 across the globe.”

Literacy Network’s award recognizes the nonprofit’s achievements in the promotion of literacy, in particular its wraparound student support through its Student Services department.

“Persistence and resource support from Student Services staff enables students to stay in their program and improve their skills for a bright future,” said Executive Director Jeff Burkhart. “Improved skills mean greater financial stability, better communication with the healthcare system, greater engagement with their child’s school, and much more. We are honored to be recognized for this work in helping students and are impressed by their commitment, drive, and perseverance.”

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Additional information on the Library of Congress Literacy Award and previous winners, as well as an interactive program map, are available at https://www.loc.gov/programs/library-of-congress-literacy-awards.

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