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Read/Lea and Sing/Cante

Read/Lea and Sing/Cante Posters Available! For the past two years we have had the incredible good fortune to have Olympia artist and Timberland Library Youth Services Associate Chris Sabatini create ...
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Congratulations to Rena Priest, 2021-2023 Washington State Poet Laureate!

Congratulations to Rena Priest 2021-2023 Washington State Poet Laureate! In conjunction with National Poetry Month, poet Rena Priest has been appointed Washington State Poet Laureate by Governor Jay Inslee. A ...
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2020 Washington State Book Award Winners: Live Online Events

We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with the Washington Library Association for a series of events with our 2020 Washington State Book Award winners! All events events ...
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Our mission

The Washington Center for the Book promotes literacy and a love of books, reading, and libraries. We celebrate Washington’s robust literary heritage and shine a spotlight on the contribution of reading and libraries in strengthening communities and in fostering civic engagement.

How will we achieve our mission

If you are a writer, visit our “For Writers” tab.  Find information about classes, workshops and conferences for Washington writers.

Did you write a book this year which you feel is “the one” and want to gain recognition? The “Washington State Book Awards” tab provides you with information about how to submit a book for consideration as well as links to past book award finalists and winners.

Teachers and kids can learn about the Letters About Literature contest, a national competition hosted by the Library of Congress, that encourages young people to think about a book and author in a much deeper way than a book report.

Maybe you just plain LOVE books.  The “For Book Lovers” tab provides a link to a map of the libraries and independent bookstores in Washington where you can get your hands on all the wonderful books you read about.