Anna M. Allen Receives Yates Award

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read”

On Saturday, May 18th, Anna M. Allen, a retired librarian and educator, received the Elizabeth Yates Award for inspiring young children to read. She chose the above-mentioned quote, by Mary McLeod Bethune, to be printed on the invitation for her award ceremony.

At the event, which was well-attended by family and friends, Anna spoke about the importance of libraries and librarians. Her family prepared a slideshow and shared that during the reception.

The Elizabeth Yates Award honors Concord resident and children’s author Elizabeth Yates, who was a strong advocate of reading and who supported library programs in the Concord community during her lifetime. Elizabeth Yates received the first award named in her honor in 1994.

The winner of the award is given the opportunity to recommend $500 worth of books to add to the Children’s Room collection, each book bearing a bookplate with his/her name. In addition, his/her name is inscribed on the Elizabeth Yates Award plaque that hangs in the Children’s Room.