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Welcome to the Website of the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. The mission of the Illinois Center for the Book is to nurture and connect readers and writers, and honor our rich literary heritage.

This website will provide information about the array of projects and services of the Illinois Center for the Book - some of which are continuous and others which bring limited offerings to highlight special partnerships or occasions.

Carl Sandburg State Historic Site

Literary Landmark™dedication set for April 25, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Carl Sandburg State Historic SiteTo open the final day of the 2015 Carl Sandburg Festival, the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark. This designation will officially distinguish the grounds of the three-room frame house where Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878 as a historic literary site for generations to come.

The designation, the first in a series of Literary Landmarks being dedicated across the nation to celebrate Children's Book Week, will take place at the Sandburg Historic Site.

Robin DeMott, the founder of the Carl Sandburg Festival, will lead a special ceremony that will include Illinois State Library Director, Anne Craig; Mayor of Galesburg, John Pritchard; President of Historic Site Association, Dr. Barry Swanson and bestselling author Jennifer Niven, daughter of the late Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven.

Please join in the festivities as Carl Sandburg is celebrated in the same prairie landscape that provided the imagery used in his writings, prose, poems and children's stories. The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site is located at 313 East Third Street in Galesburg, Illinois.

This Literary Landmark is being made possible through a generous donation by the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and a program of the Illinois State Library, an office of the Illinois Secretary of State. Literary Landmarks™ is a trademark of United for Libraries.

2014 Letters About Literature Winners

Letters About Literature Winners

Pictured with Secretary White are Jennifer Nguyen (left) and Jacqueline Barbera-Mirza (right). 2014 Letters About Literature Winners are Jennifer Nguyen, Level I; Larissa Bersh, Level II; and Jacqueline Barbera-Mirza, Level III.

2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners

Emerging Writers Competition Winners

Front from left to right – Jessica L. Walsh, second place and Whittney Jones, first place. Back from left to right – Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White; Pablo Otavalo, third place; and Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein.