San Diego Council on Literacy Awarded the Library of Congress Literacy Award in California

The Library of Congress State Literacy Awards program recognizes an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to promoting literacy and/or reading in the local community or state. The 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Award in California will honor the San Diego Council on Literacy. The award and prize will be presented at the Awards Gala during the California Library Association’s Annual Conference, scheduled for October 24-26, 2019 in Pasadena. Jose L. Cruz, Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Council on Literacy, will accept the award on the organization’s behalf.  The San Diego Council on Literacy was nominated by Susan Empizo Vega, Librarian at Chula Vista Public Library.  The Library of Congress State Literacy Awards Program is made possible through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein.  The award is administered through the Library of Congress Center for the Book, a unit of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement.

About the San Diego Council on Literacy

In its 33rd year, the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) is excelling in raising literacy awareness and instilling the importance of literacy in the community, convening literacy programs, providing professional development opportunities for literacy advocates, coordinating a health literacy initiative, providing books to children in low-income communities, engaging in collaborative efforts in targeted communities, and providing diverse resources that support the annual provision of literacy services to over 179,000 residents in the region. The SDCOL network has grown from five affiliated literacy service programs in 1986 to 29 programs in 2018.

Source –  Voices and Faces: Literacy in San Diego

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About the Library of Congress Literacy Awards

The Library’s mission is to provide Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge that can be relied upon to support their intellectual and creative endeavors. Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards program furthers this mission by honoring organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. The awards also encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for promoting literacy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. They are intended to draw public attention to the importance of literacy, and the need to promote literacy and encourage reading.

Since 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has awarded $1.4 million in prizes to 66 institutions in 30 countries. By recognizing current achievements, the awards seek to enable any organization or program that does not operate on a for-profit basis to strengthen their involvement in literacy and reading promotion and to encourage collaboration with like-minded organizations.


Library of Congress Literacy Award Nominating Committee for California includes:

  • Greg Lucas, California State Library
  • Carolyn Brooks, California State Library
  • Natalie Cole, California State Library
  • Kelly Tyler, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Julianna Robbins, California Center for the Book

More info at: /awards/loc-literacy-awards-ca/

About California Center for the Book

Our mission is to help the librarians of California get their communities reading and connecting. We help librarians develop and expand programs that promote reading, community engagement, and lifelong learning for adults and intergenerational groups. We also offer professional development opportunities and share resources to help librarians and community partners achieve these goals. More information at or by following @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook on Facebook and Instagram.

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.