Literacy Award


Massachusetts Center for the Book, working in partnership with the Library of Congress, administers the Library of Congress/Massachusetts Literacy Award. The program is funded through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein.

Our commonwealth awards program seeks out organizations that deliver impact in three areas of literacy: Ability (Can we read?), Access (May we read?), and Attitude (Do we read?).

The 2019 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Literacy Award was presented to Beacon Press, of Boston, in recognition of its commitment, over its more than 150 years as a nonprofit press, to advancing diversity and social justice by publishing material that elevates and actuates the potential of a literate society. Read more here.

Previous Awards

Reader to Reader, Inc., of Amherst, was recognized for supplying more than $75 million worth of books and computers to our neediest communities, as well as for its reading mentoring programs. Read more here.

New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), of Cambridge, was credited for its support of independent bookstores and booksellers, essential components of individual communities and a literate society. Read more here.

Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area, was commended for its work from three public libraries in Fitchburg, Gardner, and Leominster, in serving 38 language communities with basic literacy and ESL programs.

Questions? Please contact Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director, Mass Center for the Book, via email ( or via phone (617.872.3718)