PLA Innovations in Literacy Scholarships

Eight recipients of the PLA Innovations in Literacy Scholarship were awarded $1,000 for registration and travel to the PLA 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11–15. This scholarship was funded by a generous donation from the Cambria Estate Winery, which has a strong tradition of supporting literacy initiatives. The winners were:

  • Nancee Dahms-Stinson, Springfield-Greene County (Mo.) Library District; early literacy
  • Ana Devine, Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin, Ill.; summer outreach to at-risk children
  • Diana Garcia, Monterey Park (Calif.)- Bruggemeyer Library; youth literacy for children of parents with limited English proficiency
  • Greg Hill, Noel Wien Library, Fairbanks, Alaska; targeted fourth-grade boy reading program
  • Sarah Lawton, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, Vt.; youth digital and media literacy
  • Yolanda Medina, Richardson (Tex.) Public Library; adult literacy for Hispanics
  • Barbara Roberts, Pelham (Ala.) Public Library; financial literacy
  • Aaron Stefanich, Grand Forks (N.D.) Public Library; S.T.E.M. (Scientific, Technological, Engineering, and Mathematical) literacy

Winning applicants demonstrated literacy programs that were unique and inventive and that resulted in a measurable impact on the community the library serves. Programs in early literacy, adult literacy, digital literacy, transliteracy, information literacy, financial literacy, etc., were considered.

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