Make Way for Books Wins Library of Congress Honors


TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Make Way for Books has been named the winner of the 2022 Library of Congress American Prize.

The award was given because of the organization’s work to engage young children in literacy.


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“Literacy means you can absorb information for yourself and make your own decision, and that’s freedom,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. “Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress is proud to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary organizations in their efforts to advance literacy throughout the world.

Created in 1998, Make Way for Books reaches 20,000 young children, families and teachers every year. The organization’s goal is to break down the barriers that prevent families with young children from accessing literary resources.

The organization’s data indicates that 98% of children involved develop emergent literacy and language skills.


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