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PROJECTS

Family Reading Night A statewide event that encourages families to spend quality time reading together. It is celebrated annually in Illinois on the third Thursday in November. More...
Illinois Emerging Writers Competition The purpose of the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition is to promote creative writing, encourage local writers and provide a unique opportunity and outlet for recognizing new literary talent. Winners receive cash prizes and have their works submitted for review and possible publication in several Illinois literary magazines. More...
Illinois Literary Heritage Award The Illinois Literary Heritage Award was established by the Illinois Center for the Book in 1995. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge extraordinary contributions to the literary heritage of Illinois over a significant period of time. More...
Letters About Literature A national reading contest for students sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Illinois Center for the Book and other participating state centers for the book. More...
Literary Landmarks In the endeavor to promote the rich literary heritage of Illinois, the Illinois Center for the Book has partnered with United for Libraries and other organizations to dedicate Literary Landmarks in Illinois. More...
Read for a Lifetime The first statewide reading program to target high school students. The primary goal of the program is to promote the enjoyment of reading, by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewarding them for their effort. More...
If you would like additional information about any of the activities of the Illinois Center for the Book, please contact Bonnie Matheis, the Coordinator for the Illinois Center for the Book at 217-558-2065.