About Us

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Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information about its programs, publications, and the activities of its affiliated centers for the book, visit the National Center for the Book site at www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/.

Our Vision

A dynamic environment for book culture that connects communities, appreciates imagination and craft, and encourages exploration of the written word.

Our Mission

The Rhode Island Center for the Book celebrates the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Through a variety of programs and activities, the Center promotes a love for books among people of all ages and backgrounds across Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Center for the Book is hosted by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with the mission to seed, support, and strengthen public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

Signature Programs

Reading Across Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program – this highly successful, statewide reading initiative is kicking off its 13th year!

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

The One Book, One State reading initiative is offered in partnership with the RI Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) is emarking upon its fourth year!

Letters About Literature

A national writing contest for children in grades 4 – 12, Rhode Island students join 700,000 correspondents from across the nation in writing to authors who have affected their lives.

Art of the Book

Art of the Book events focus on the craft and aesthetics of books, bookmaking, and printing. Partners of the Art of the Book series are:

  • The Providence Athenaeum
  • The Providence Public Library
  • The John Russell Bartlett Society
  • The New England Chapter of the American Printing History Association
  • Friends of the Library at Brown University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • New Leaves Press
  • AS220
  • The Newport Historical Society
  • The Pettaquamscut Historical Society
  • The Redwood Library & Athenaeum.

Contact

Rhode Island Center for the Book is a cooperative effort of a dedicated community of volunteers. People from varied backgrounds and interests come together to celebrate their love of books. If you would like to volunteer or become a member, please send us an email or call (401) 273-2250.

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