Tanyella Evans named one of ILA's 30 under 30 leaders in global literacy!


Tanyella Evans, CEO of Library For All, named to ILA's Second Annual 30 under 30 list

A list recognizing innovative young leaders transforming literacy worldwide

The International Literacy Association (ILA), a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all, announced Tanyella Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Library For All, today as an honoree on its second annual 30 Under 30 list. The list recognizes the next generation of young innovators, advocates and educators who are leading efforts to advance literacy for all, whether in their community or around the world.

Tanyella Evans was selected for her unique contribution to advancing literacy through her work at Library For All, an NYC-based nonprofit that has built a cloud-based, digital library platform for individuals in developing countries who lack access to locally relevant books. Library For All’s mission is to make knowledge accessible to all, equally. The organization currently reaches readers in Haiti, Rwanda, DRC, Cambodia, and Mongolia, with plans to scale across the developing world.

“The work of Tanyella Evans is closely intertwined with our mission to transform lives through literacy, so we are thrilled to welcome her to our growing list of 30 Under 30 honorees,” said Marcie Craig Post, executive director, International Literacy Association. “Today, there are still 781 million people around the world who can’t read or write, 126 million of whom are youth. This list highlights the next class of leaders who are taking steps to advance literacy and helping us reverse those alarming statistics.”

This year’s ILA 30 Under 30 list highlights rising leaders from 12 countries and several sectors. It includes nonprofit leaders, classroom teachers, authors, volunteers, researchers, and social entrepreneurs, each of whom has created and implemented an initiative that has directly improved the quality of literacy instruction or increased access to literacy tools in the classroom, community and/or online. ILA’s 30 Under 30 honorees are featured in the September/October issue of Literacy Today, ILA’s bi-monthly magazine, which published today. ILA will continue to highlight the inspiring work of the honorees throughout the year. They will also be invited to participate in upcoming global literacy community activities that support the shared cause of advancing literacy for all.

To view the Literacy Today feature and the full list of honorees, visit literacyworldwide.org/30under30.


Library For All is a nonprofit organization that has built a customizable, digital library to deliver culturally-relevant books to developing countries. Library For All’s mission is to make knowledge accessible to all, equally. In areas where books are scarce but mobile phone networks are growing, Library For All’s cloud-based library operates on devices that already exist in developing countries, such as mobile phones, tablets, and PCs. Library For All currently has programs in Haiti, Rwanda, DRC, Cambodia, and Mongolia, with expansion plans to reach 5 million readers by the end of 2017. If all students in low income countries had basic reading skills by the time they finished primary school, 171 million people worldwide could be lifted out of poverty. Library For All exists to provide an opportunity for individuals across the developing world to learn, dream and aspire to lift themselves out of poverty.

Media Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact Katherine Stephans, Katherine@libraryforall.org


The International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly known as the International Reading Association, is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries. With 60 years of experience in the field, ILA believes in the transformative power of literacy to create more successful societies, healthy communities and prosperous economies. ILA collaborates with partners across the world to develop, gather and disseminate high-quality resources, best practices and cutting-edge research to empower educators, inspire students and inform policymakers. The International Literacy Association publishes several peer-reviewed journals, including The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Reading Research Quarterly. For more information, visit literacyworldwide.org.

Media Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact press@reading.org.