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Last month the 2011 Kermit Myers Award was presented during a reception at the Evanston Historical Society at 225 Greenwood St. Kermit Myers, an Evanstonian and an entrepreneur, served as a volunteer teacher’s aide at Richard Byrd Academy in Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood.

The Kermit Meyers Achievement Award is presented each year to an individual, school, or organization for extraordinary contributions in the advancement of recreational reading by children. It was initiated in 2009 as an ongoing tribute to Mr. Myers, founder of Book Worm Angels, a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes books to elementary schools in impoverished neighborhoods.

Since 1999, Book Worm Angels has been responsible for providing more than two million books that can be enjoyed by elementary school children. Pictured above are Angel of the Year award winner and owner of the Children’s Gift Shop in Northfield Markie Carlson (left), BWA Chairman Bob Taylor (center), 2011 Kermit Myers Achievement Award winner Jack Prelutsky (right).                                                             

Photo courtesy of Bookworm Angels