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Wisconsin Center for the Book

The Center for the Book was founded in 1977 as a way for the Library of Congress to “promote books, reading, literacy, as well as the scholarly study of books.” The Center for the Book manages important programs such as Letters About Literature and River of Words, in addition to giving out three annual awards, totalling $250,000, for organizations that have promote reading and make significant strides for literacy in the U.S. Beginning in 1984, the Center for the Book began establishing state-based affiliates, and now have a center in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Created to celebrate the culture of the book, the Center honors all aspects of the literary world and provides a link between our citizens and writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and educators. The Center is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies.