Penguin Random House Foundation Launches Library Awards for Innovation

New York, NY, April 5, 2016

Penguin Random House announces the launch of its inaugural Library Awards for Innovation to honor and reward extraordinary programs created by public libraries across the country.  These awards, in the form of monetary grants, will acknowledge innovative public library programs and services that engage citizens in reading while strengthening the social and cultural fabric of their communities.


“The Library Awards for Innovation continue Penguin Random House’s long-standing recognition of the importance of libraries” said Skip Dye, Vice President, Academic Marketing & Library Sales, Penguin Random House, “not only for their work to build and grow a reading public, but for the ways libraries connect directly with individuals and advance community development and growth.”


Libraries are encouraged to use the Public Library Association conference (April 5-9) and the upcoming National Readathon Day on May 21, 2016 as jumping off points for submissions to the Library Awards for Innovation.  The application process is now underway, with libraries across the country now in the process of applying for grant awards in support of creating the most innovative community-based programs in 2016.  The deadline to submit is October 1, 2016.


The Library Awards for Innovation will consist of one $10,000 grant award winner and four runner-up $1000 grant awards. All awards recipient libraries will receive $1,000 in Penguin Random House books. For further information, visit the Penguin Random House Foundation website at The Penguin Random House Foundation programs complement and amplify our existing Penguin Random House corporate giving and social responsibility initiatives and partnerships worldwide that promote literacy and a reading culture.




To be eligible and competitive for the awards, applicants must show how they meet all or some of the following criteria:


  • Libraries that develop partnerships with public schools, local businesses, museums, recreation departments and other community learning resources – that support learning and reading programs.
  • Libraries that specifically focus on working with their local community on early childhood and pre-kindergarten learning from low-income families.
  • Libraries that engage young adults in learning through use of digital media, mentors, or local community and civic organizations including schools.
  • All programs must show measurement of successful outcomes.


An evaluation committee of selected librarians and Penguin Random House executives will review all applications and determine the final recipients. The Library Awards for Innovation grant winners will be notified November 16, 2016 and officially announced at the American Library Association’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting in January.