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Washington Reads Freely!

Washington Reads Freely is a months-long effort to celebrate the freedom to read. The effort encourages library patrons and the general public to share their stories of what reading freely ...

2024 Summer Book Bingo – for adults! #BookBingoNW2024

Washington State Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo 2024 is here! Libraries and bookstores of Washington, please feel free to download, print, and distribute these Book Bingo forms to your community ...

The 9th Annual Washington State Zine Contest Results!

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th Annual Washington State Zine Contest! Links to digitized zines will be added as soon as they are ready. Pre-4th Grade Tiny & Mighty ...


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.

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.