Working across the Commonwealth to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers through year-round programs and partnership initiatives, the Center recognizes the enduring power of literature, storytelling, and the book arts to engage in public dialogue and promote intercultural understanding. As an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Center works within a network of affiliates to promote books, reading, literacy, and the literary life of Virginia.


Jane Kulow
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Sarah Lawson
Assistant Director
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Garrett Queen
Director, Book Arts
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About the Library of Congress Center for the Book

The Library of Congress Center for the Book promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading as well as poetry and literature. It was established by public law in 1977 and incorporates several private-public partnerships designed to implement programs, awards and prizes in order to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading. Since its founding, the Library of Congress Center for the Book has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center’s mission is also carried out internationally through its overseas affiliates. Additionally, more than 80 organizations have been designated Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the United States and abroad.