David Mazor, founder of Reader to Reader, Inc. and 2011 Mass Literacy Champion, received a special honor from the Massachusetts Center for the Book at the Jones Library on March 15. He was presented with their 2018 Literacy Award, which is associated with the national Literacy Awards program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Reader to Reader provides underprivileged communities and areas that were devastated by natural disasters with books and computers. They have donated more than $75 million dollars worth of books and computers to those in need. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, they also run an abundance of innovative literacy programs in the western part of the state. They will use the funds from the Literacy Award to continue their mission of supporting literacy.
The Massachusetts Center for the Book, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries. Sharon Shaloo is the Executive Director of the organization, and she was awarded a Mass Literacy Champions grant in 2016.