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KDL seeking Literacy Champion nominations

Sponsor story — Kent District Library is accepting nominations for the third annual Literacy Champion Award for outstanding leadership and advocacy of literacy. 

The award will go to one individual and one organization who does or has done something exceptional to promote literacy. Nominations are open through June 17 and may be submitted online at kdl.org/literacychampion.

“Literacy is the foundation of all learning for our children and throughout life,” Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library, said in a press release. “There are many people and organizations who have an exceptional passion for literacy, creating a profound impact on lives in our community. The KDL Literacy Champion Award shines a light on and celebrates them.”  

Winners will be announced July 22, celebrating one individual and one organization who has demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievement in advancing reading. Three finalists in each category will also be chosen. Nominees for individuals can be teachers, tutors, school librarians, authors and others. Organizations can be schools, nonprofit services, for-profit businesses and government entities. 

Last year, KDL gave Literacy Champion awards to Christine Beachler, a media center specialist at Lowell Area Schools, and Early Bird Books, which delivers free books to children in Kent County.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel from Kent District Library and its Board of Trustees.  

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