CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are proud to announce that Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, 2nd Edition was awarded the 2014 Opening Minds Innovation Award.
Every Child Ready to Read® is a parent education initiative that stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life. It empowers public libraries to assume an essential role in supporting early literacy within their community.
The Opening Minds Innovation Award honors individuals and organizations whose innovations advance the field of early childhood care and education. The award was announced on Friday Jan. 31, 2014 at the Opening Minds USA Conference & Expo in Chicago.
“In focusing on parents and caregivers, Every Child Ready to Read is a unique initiative,” said ALSC President Starr LaTronica. “This award brings valuable recognition to the notion of outreach and quality parent education in early literacy.”
PLA President Carolyn Anthony added “We are very appreciative that this award acknowledges and reinforces the critical role of public libraries as a vital community resource for early literacy.”
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit www.ala.org/alsc.
The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve, and its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. Learn more at www.pla.org.