Seeds Named One of the Recipients of Library of Congress 2021 Literacy Awards on International Literacy Day

September 8, 2021 Website: Literacy Awards

Top prizes of the 2021 Literacy Awards are being awarded to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Parents as Teachers National Center and the Luminos Fund.

Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced September 8, 2021.

Top prizes are being awarded to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Parents as Teachers National Center and the Luminos Fund.

Fourteen additional organizations, including Seeds of Literacy, will receive Best Practices awards for furthering literacy initiatives.

The Literacy Awards, originated by David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honor organizations doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work. The awards recognize the need for the international community to unite in achieving universal literacy.

“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.”

Best Practices Awards

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program is honoring 14 organizations for their implementation of highly successful practices in literacy promotion. These honorees, recipients of $5,000 each, are:

  • Seeds of Literacy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Associates in Research and Education for Development (ARED), Dakar, Senegal
  • Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Washington, D.C.
  • Books for Kids Foundation, New York, New York
  • The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Karachi, Pakistan
  • Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child, Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Friends of Tonga, Inc., Laurel, Maryland
  • FunDza Literacy Trust, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • The Learning Source, Lakewood, Colorado
  • Literacy Connects, Tucson, Arizona
  • Literacy Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Raising a Reader, Milpitas, California
  • VALUEUSA, Media, Pennsylvania

Additional information on the awards and previous winners, as well as an interactive program map are available at

David M. Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group. He is a major benefactor of the Library of Congress and the chairman of the Library’s lead donor group, the James Madison Council.

The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of “international days” to mark important aspects of human life and history, including International Literacy Day on Sept. 8. For more information on International Literacy Day, visit:

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