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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.
 

2013 Letters About Literature Winners


2013 Letters About Literature Winners with Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White (far left) and Illinois State Library Director, Anne Craig (far right); (from middle left to right) Abigail Rockford, Level II; Emily Waller, Level III; and Rose Yuanhong Benas, Level I. Emily was also the Level III National Winner and Rose received Level I National Honor.

2013 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners


Front from left to right – Richard Holinger, third place and Pablo Otavalo, second place. Back from left to right – Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White; Jonathan Travelstead, first place; and Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein.