Apply for the 2018 Best Practices in Early Literacy Award

The New Jersey State Library is accepting applications for the annual Best Practices in Early Literacy Award. The award honors up to four outstanding public libraries that currently provide exemplary literacy programs for children from birth to six years, their families and caregivers. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate, and promotion of the winning library as a model program for other libraries. The winning libraries will be honored during the State Librarian’s Breakfast at the 2018 NJLA Conference at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.

To apply, please complete and submit the application form after consulting the award guidelines.

In 2017, the Best Practices in Early Literacy, Multicultural Program and Innovative Partnerships Awards were all included in one brochure called the New Jersey State Library Awards. Please visit the following webpage and click on New Jersey State Library Awards for more information about the 2017 winners or Best Practices in Early Literacy for the previous years’ winners.

Those who applied last year but did not win can re-apply with the same program as long as it was held within the past two years. Libraries who have won twice previously are not eligible to apply. Please contact Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, at, 609-278-2640 ext. 116 if you have any questions


About Sharon Rawlins

Sharon Rawlins is the Youth Services Specialist in Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library. She's a children's and teen librarian responsible for providing consulting assistance to the youth services librarians in public and school libraries in NJ.