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text reads Library of Congress National Book Festival. Photos of four featured authors - Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Roxane Gay, Kazuo Ishiguro, Michael J. Fox.

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch!

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch! The Library of Congress wants this year’s festival to truly be a National Book Festival (NBF) —and would love your help in ...
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Summer Book Bingo — for grown-ups!

Are your adult patrons feeling nostalgic for the days when they participated in summer reading programs? Here’s a way to give them a version made just for grown ups: Adult ...
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a photo of the 4 winning zines for the 6th annual Washington State Zine Contest. Rocks Everywhere, The Adventure of Unihorn, This Zine is Antiracist, and Together Apart

6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest Winners Announced

Winners of the 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest have been announced! Pre-4th Grade Rocks Everywhere by Manya Saxena Grades 4-6 The Adventure of Unihorn by Kaylee Klebanow Grades 7-9 ...
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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.