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2021 Recipient

Alana Weisberg

Los Angeles, CA | 15

2021 Award Recipient

During the stay-at-home orders, while Alana, an avid reader, was constantly reading, buying, and trading books, she realized that school closures had left students in underserved communities without access to libraries and books. Moreover, approximately 640,000 tons of books end up in landfills annually because most recyclers cannot process glue and bindings. Alana developed Bookworm Global to address literacy, poverty, and the environment. Bookworm Global organizes gently-used-book giveaways and library installations in low-income communities, targeting students who are at risk for academic slide and illiteracy. Literacy can help people rise out of poverty, advocate for themselves, and fight for social justice. Since the pandemic began, Bookworm Global has donated over 24,000 books and served 20,000 people. The organization is training new leadership and expanding nationwide through service organizations like The National Charity League and Girl Scouts.

Bookworm Global

When Alana, an avid reader, realized that school closures had left students in underserved communities without access to libraries and books, she founded Bookworm Global, which promotes literacy and supports the environment through gently-used-book giveaways and library installations in low-income communities.