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Program Library of Congress Literacy Awards

2020 Winners and Honorees

2020 Literacy Award Winners & Best Practice Honorees


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Welcome and Special Congratulations
The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden; Director, Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement, Shari Werb; as well as the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, David M. Rubenstein welcome attendees to the 2020 Annual Best Practices Conference and congratulate the 2020 Library of Congress winners and Best Practice Honorees.

Literacy Blanket Poem
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The U.S. Poet Laureate emeritus and current Literacy Awards Advisory Board member Juan Felipe Herrera reads the poem he wrote in honor of the 2020 Literacy Award recipients.

A conversation with The Immigrant Learning Center, 2020 American Prize recipient
Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate emeritus and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member, interviews Denzil Mohammed, Director of The Public Education Institute, The Immigrant Learning Center.

A conversation with the International Rescue Committee’s Pakistan Reading Project, 2020 International Prize recipient
Allister Fa Chang, Former Executive Director, Libraries Without Borders and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member, interviews Sanna Johnson, IRC Regional Vice President Asia, and Dr. Naeem Sohail Butt, Chief of Party, IRC’s Pakistan Reading Project.

A conversation with National Center for Families Learning, 2020 David M. Rubenstein Special Response Awardee as well as recipient of the 2017 American Prize
Dr. Ernest Morrell, Professor, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, Director, Notre Dame Center for Literacy Education and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member, interviews Dr. Joshua Cramer, Executive Vice President, National Center for Families Learning.

A conversation with Pratham Books, 2020 David M. Rubenstein Special Response Awardee as well as past recipient of the 2017 International Prize
Dr. Chantal Francois, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Towson University and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member, interviews Suzanne Singh, Chairperson, Pratham Books.

A conversation with Room to Read, 2020 David M. Rubenstein Special Response Awardee as well as past recipient of the 2014 David M. Rubenstein Prize and 2013 Best Practice Honoree
Meg Medina, 2019 Newbery Award winner and Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board member, interviews Christabel Pinto, Senior Director, Room to Read’s Global Literacy Program.

Winners

David M. Rubenstein Special Response Awards ($50,000):

Honorees

2020 Library of Congress Virtual Best Practices Conference

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