They really did. As a child, I was deeply depressed, although I didn’t know it. Books helped me to hang on and not do too much to hurt myself. That’s why post info about books. I love them. Books are truly some of the best friends I’ve ever had.

And so I was thrilled ( still am) to read the Library of Congress is giving awards this year to, I hope, very deserving authors. Here’s some info:

The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000), for a groundbreaking contribution to the sustained advancement of literacy by any individual or entity worldwide.
The American Prize ($50,000), for a project developed and implemented during the past decade with special emphasis on combating aliteracy
The International Prize ($50,000), for the work of an individual, nation or nongovernmental organization working in a specific country or region
Criteria for selection:
measurable impact
demonstrated reliance on existing professional literature and applied practice
Who will be considered?
Individuals, institutions and organizations that are working to reduce illiteracy or aliteracy.

Individuals might include, but are not limited to:

School media/technology specialists
Community leaders
Institutions, Nongovernmental and Nonprofit Organizations might include:

Nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations such as literacy groups, museums, community-based programs, school or library organizations, foundations
How many award categories may be selected?
Individuals may apply or nominate in more than one award category, if appropriate. A separate application must be submitted for each award you apply for.
What do we want to know?
If you are nominating yourself, your organization, another individual or another organization for an award in recognition of groundbreaking, innovative and highly successful work in the field of literacy, describe:

the program or project in general
the specific elements of the program or project that address the criteria outlined above
the methods used to measure impact/success 
the difference the program or project is making (provide quantifiable information)
Please note that we are especially interested in programs that are highly innovative and could be replicated by others.

All applications must be complete and received by midnight (in Washington, D.C.), April 30, 2013. You will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received.

Library of Congress Website