Little Free Library is honored to receive the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Second Century Prize, awarded to a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy and fosters lifelong reading. The prize celebrates the WNBA’s Centennial and carries a one-time $5,000 cash award. The official awards ceremony takes place on Saturday, October 28 in New York.
According to the WNBA, the award nominations for the prize came from WNBA chapters throughout the country under the guidance of Second Century Prize co-chairs Mary Grey James and Susan Larson.
“A committee chose Little Free Library (LFL) based on its grassroots organization, which has impacted thousands of readers of all ages and backgrounds.” the organization says. “LFL embodies the goals of the Women’s National Book Association by promoting literacy and the love of reading.”
In addition to praising Little Free Library’s neighborhood book exchanges, the WNBA lauds our Kids, Community and Cops initiative and Action Book Club program, “which encourages social engagement through shared reading—a commitment that resonates with the WNBA’s own National Reading Group Month program,” they say.
“This means so much,” says Todd Bol, creator and executive director of Little Free Library. “Thank you, Women’s National Book Association, and congratulations on your Centennial year!”
The WNBA also announced current Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden; and novelist, poet, and bookstore owner Louise Erdrich as recipients of the 2017 WNBA Awards, which are presented every other year to “a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”