Monterey Library Wins Award for “Reading Rockets”

MontereyMonterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, CA, has been awarded the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Innovations in Literacy Award for its “Reading Rockets” youth literacy program. The library is one of only eight public libraries in the nation to receive this honor, which recognizes unique and inventive literacy programs that have a significant and measurable impact on the community the library serves.

Reading Rockets was formed by creatively combining the library’s LAMP Literacy and Project NEO (a nonprofit organization) resources to provide free one-on-one tutoring to children in 2nd through 6th grades to strengthen vital literacy skills and build confident readers.

As part of the Innovations in Literacy Award, Reading Rockets coordinator and Senior Library Clerk, Diana Garcia, will be awarded $1,000 for registration and travel to the Public Library Association’s 2014 Conference in Indianapolis, March 11–15, 2014, where she will represent the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. Garcia was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Reading Rockets program and was the author of the article submitted to the Public Library Association contest on behalf of the library.  For more information on the PLA Award please visit


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