Anderson’s Bookshop co-owner Becky Anderson Wilkins was awarded the Illinois Reading Council Hall of Fame Award. Read the full release below.
Illinois Reading Council (IRC) is pleased to announce Becky Anderson Wilkins as the 2014 Hall of Fame Award winner. The award was designed to distinguish Illinois reading activists who have given outstanding contributions to reading or reading education. Nominations are accepted by the Past President and the Executive Committee determines recipients in time for award winners to attend the Annual Conference.
The qualifications required of the recipient are as follows:
- A native of Illinois or has been actively involved in work in reading in Illinois for a minimum of five years.
- A well-known and respected colleague in the profession.
- Has held a position of responsibility in the field of reading.
- Has made meritorious contributions in professional activities (such as writing publications, research reports, speaking, organizing programs, helping teachers, and involvement in professional organizations) and has upheld the philosophy and principles of the IRA and the IRC.
Anderson-Wilkins is the co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops and Anderson’s Bookfair Company in Naperville, Downers Grove and Aurora, IL. Through her family business she has received many awards including the Illinois Family Business of the Year in 2002 and the prestigious national award for Bookseller of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly in 2013.
As co-founder of both Naperville Reads and Andrea’s Angels, Wilkins has provided her community with the gift of reading. Naperville Reads, a communitywide reading initiative, and Andrea’s Angels, a program dedicated to distributing new and used books to disadvantaged children, are both widely successful due to her passion and generosity. In 2006, Wilkins was awarded the Illinois State Board of Education’s Award of Excellence for community volunteerism.
IRC is proud to award Becky Anderson Wilkins with the 2014 Hall of Fame Award. It is much deserved.
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