2013 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize Winner

Pennsylvania Humanities Council has been awarded the prestigious Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for its innovative teen reading program, Teen Reading Lounge. The Schwartz Prize is the nation's highest humanities award given by the Federation of State Humanities Councils at the National Humanities Conference. The Schwartz Prize is awarded to up to three state humanities councils each year for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their state.  


PHC's Teen Reading Lounge program serves as a model for out-of-school time learning within libraries across Pennsylvania. TRL uses popular comics, graphic novels and fantasy to foster fun, creative discovery and deep learning experiences. The program helps to engage teens, establishing libraries as legitimate and safe hangout places for many young people who do not have other places to go after school, on weekends, or during the summer.

Teen Reading Lounge
Teen Reading Lounge

What makes TRL unique is that teens themselves actively co-create this program with librarians and educators. The program teaches 21st century learning skills and allows teens to explore questions important to them. Such an experience is critical for teens who may not be engaged by school and who are at a time in their lives when they are questioning who they are and what their place in the world is. This is the kind of program that can get kids on the right learning and social track at just the right time in their lives. TRL can make a real difference in their future.


Your generous support will help us continue to bring great humanities programming like Teen Reading Lounge to Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to PHC today. Making a gift online is quick and easy, and allows you to make one-time or installment payments (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual) on a date of your choosing using credit or debit cards, and even e-checks! Click here to donate online - or print and mail a form.   



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