Statewide Public Programs

Seeking to celebrate and expand public appreciation for books, libraries, literacy, and reading for all Virginians, we work in collaboration with public libraries and educational institutions of all levels across the Commonwealth, with support from funders including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Pulitzer Center, and regional community foundations, among others. Our public programs are accessible to all and take place year-round at partner sites throughout the state. Please click on specific programs on the dropdown menu above to learn more. 

Book Arts

Our book arts program resides in a hands-on bookmaking, binding, and printmaking studio located in Charlottesville’s Jefferson School City Center. It offers local and member artists opportunities through a community-access approach that provides equipment and training for individuals to practice their craft and learn new ones. Member artists provide direct engagement with book arts amidst the largest collection of letterpress type and equipment available for public use in the Commonwealth. Our equipment includes:

  • 375 cases of metal and wood type
  • 2 Vandercook Universal I letterpress machines
  • Chandler & Price printing press
  • Kingsley foil stamping press
  • And much more

Virginia Festival of the Book

The annual Festival brings together readers and writers for a five-day program of mostly free programs, including readings, signings, panel discussions, children’s storytimes, and more. It is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic and consistently attracts audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty states, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually. Each year, we present a diverse roster of speakers, from international bestsellers and topical specialists to debut authors, in all genres and for all reading levels.