On September 1, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities was named a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. Established in 2013, the Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress administers the program, which is made possible by the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group and a major donor to the Library of Congress, including its annual National Book Festival.The Library of Congress commended PRIME TIME Family Reading‘s success to promote literacy, and recognized PRIME TIME as a valuable model for other organizations seeking to create evidence-based literacy programs.
“Literacy is the first line of defense against so many problems-unemployment, hunger, poor health-and gives people a foundation for a brighter future,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress is proud to honor these exemplary organizations for their continued efforts to raise reading levels. Their work is moving and truly life-changing, and it is our privilege to recognize them here tonight.” The honor comes with a prize of $5,000 and an invitation to participate in the annual conference and awards ceremony at the Library of Congress.
“We appreciate this extraordinary honor from the Library of Congress,” said LEH Executive Director Miranda Restovic. “PRIME TIME continues to impact the lives of families in Louisiana and through our partnerships around the country. This recognition reflects the hard work of the PRIME TIME staff and our many supporters.”