Tucson nonprofit Make Way for Books bags $50K Library of Congress award

By Mark Brodie
Published: Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 11:19am

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Make Way for Books works with families with kids birth to 5 years old.

A Tucson-based nonprofit has won the 2022 Library of Congress American Prize.

Make Way for Books works to make sure children from birth to 5 years old have the reading and literacy experiences they need to start school and become thriving learners and readers. The group works with about 20,000 children, families and educators throughout Arizona each year.

The prize comes with a $50,000 award, which Melinda Englert, interim CEO at Make Way for Books, says the nonprofit will use to promote and grow its work and find more families to help that are harder to reach.

The Show spoke with her about the initiative and asked about the importance of literacy and getting books into kids’ hands.

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