The Antelope Lending Library, from Iowa City, received the 2016 Iowa Literacy Award from the Iowa Center for the Book at an award ceremony on Oct. 7, 2016. The organization was awarded a commemorative plaque and $800 to further their efforts.
The Antelope Lending Library is an independent bookmobile operating out of Iowa City, one of only three bookmobiles in Iowa. Founded in 2012 by library science student Cassandra Elton, Antelope connects people to their community by providing free membership to the lending library, literacy activities for children and families, and free Wi-Fi and mobile computer lab access.
“I’m delighted that this year’s Literacy Award honors the efforts of The Antelope Lending Library for furthering literacy in Iowa,” said Helen Dagley, Iowa Center for the Book Coordinator. “To me, what makes Antelope so unusual and so vital, is that it travels, combines activities and assistance programs, reaches out in multiple languages to families with limited access to books or even low literacy, and loans books on a no-fee basis.”
The Iowa Literacy Award serves to recognize an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing literacy in Iowa. The 2016 award is coordinated by the Iowa Center for the Book and made possible through the Library of Congress by a grant from American philanthropist and financier David Rubenstein.
For more information on the Antelope Lending Library, go to http://antelopelendinglibrary.org/.