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Prison Library Project Honored with Congressional Leadership Award

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Building Bridges: Claremont Forum’s Prison Library Project Honored with Congressional Leadership Award in Judy Chu’s 28th Congressional District

Claremont, CA – The Claremont Forum is proud to announce that its program, the Prison Library Project (PLP), has been awarded the Congressional Leadership Building Bridges Award by Judy Chu's 28th Congressional District. This annual award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated excellence in connecting diverse communities and who tackle pressing social issues. The PLP is being recognized for its work to expand reading and educational opportunities for incarcerated adults nationwide.

The award ceremony took place at the Arcadia Community Center on Saturday, July 29, 2023.

"We are deeply honored to receive the Congressional Leadership Award," stated Pam Hawkes, President of the Claremont Forum Board of Directors. "This award is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers and the unwavering support the Prison Library Project has garnered from the Claremont community. We stand firm in our dedication to fostering reading and literacy among incarcerated individuals across the nation. The recognition we receive for our endeavors fills us with immense pride."

The Claremont Forum's Prison Library Project is one of the nation's largest books-to-prisoners initiatives. Based at the Claremont Forum Bookshop in the Village Packing House, the PLP has been consistently delivering thousands of books and educational materials to incarcerated individuals each year since its inception in 1986.


The Claremont Forum has sponsored wellness, education, and art programs in the community since 1986. We sponsor the Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market in the Claremont Village, the nationwide Prison Library Project, as well as the Bookshop and art gallery in the Claremont Packing House.

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