Light of Literacy Awards

2015 Light of Literacy Recap

Please join us in applauding the work of the following individuals who received awards at the 2015 Friends of Wicomico Public Library’s Light of Literacy Awards breakfast, held April 9th, 2015 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. These 6 award recipients are shining examples of the best and brightest of our community. Their work to promote the power of literacy to improve and transform lives should not only be recognized, but imitated.

Business Luminary – Alaina Van Gelder, Barnes & Noble of Salisbury, MD for their community initiatives to promote literacy and reading throughout the community, including story times, special events for children, early learning and early literacy.

Adult Luminary – Neil Jen, a literacy facilitator for donating his time and experience to translate and interpret for any Chinese individual who is unable to understand the English language. Mr. Jen has accompanied many Chinese people in need of medical services and is always available to help with reading and completing documents.

Non-Profit Organization Luminary – PAC 14 – Public Access Channel for empowering the local community by teaching individuals and nonprofit organizations how to utilize media tools in order to create effective educational and informative content for broadcast and social media outlets and facilitating literacy through training since 1998.

Higher Education Luminary – Carson Wigley who created the Shine NOW Project which provides books for needy children, targeting Title One Schools, shelters and prisons on the Lower Shore.

Educator Luminary – Teresa McCain a dedicated teacher at James M. Bennett High School and advisor of the National Honor Society for spearheading the Bucks for Books program. This program collects books from the Bennett community for book fairs at Prince Street Elementary, a school that serves many low income students.

Youth Luminary – Douglas Buck a 16 year old sophomore at Wicomico High School. As an Eagle Scout project, Mr. Buck built four “Little Free Libraries” for Wicomico Public Libraries. A “Little Free Library” is a box full of books where anyone may stop by, pick up a book, and leave another book to share.

Wicomico Public Libraries joins Ms. Audrey Orr, Mr. Phil Tilghman, Mr. Matt Maciarello, Dr. H. Scott Duncan, Mrs. Lenita Wesson and the Friends of the Libraries and members of the local community in celebrating the positive impact made by all 37 nominees for these awards.