Kent District Library is accepting nominations for the second annual Literacy Champion Award for outstanding leadership and advocacy of literacy. The award will go to one individual and one organization who does or has done something exceptional to promote literacy. Nominations are open through August 7 and may be submitted online at kdl.org/literacychampion. Winners will receive $1,000, a crystal trophy and two tickets to KDL’s Literary Libations Gala taking place on September 19.
“Literacy is the foundation of all learning for our children and throughout life,” said Lance Werner, Executive Director of Kent District Library. "There are many people and organizations who have an exceptional passion for literacy, creating a profound impact on lives in our community. The KDL Literacy Champion Award shines a light on and celebrates them.”
Awards will be selected from public nominations received by August 7, then given to one individual and one organization who has demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievement in advancing reading. Individuals can be teachers, tutors, school librarians, authors and others. Organizations can be schools, non-profit services, for-profit businesses and government entities.
Last year, KDL awarded Glasmiri Jaglowski, a nurse technician at Mary Free Bed Hospital, and the Literacy Center of West Michigan with the first KDL Literacy Champion Awards.
Nominations will be reviewed by a panel from Kent District Library and its Board of Trustees. Winners will be publicly announced and celebrated on September 19, 2023, at the ninth annual Literary Libations Gala. For complete details, visit kdl.org/literacychampion.