Michigan Center for the Book - Activities
The Center for the Book's mission includes promoting reading, authors and Michigan's literary heritage. To do so, we create and maintain resources such as the Michigan Authors & Illustrators database, a searchable record of Michigan authors present and past. We do projects such as the Literary Landmarks, which draw attention to notable literary places in Michigan. These activities bring the wonder of Michigan's literary world to people at home and in libraries across the state.
The Michigan Center for the Book created Michigan related Read posters! The posters of Michigan celebrities reading were sent to all public and school libraries. Our goal is to have the posters draw attention to Michigan literature and libraries and influence children and young adults to read. The poster models share in our goal of encouraging reading and graciously volunteered their time and images.
- Preserving Michigan's Literary Heritage
The Center works with local groups and the United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations_ Program to fund Literary Landmarks in Michigan. The program encourages the preservation of historic literary sites and Michigan's literary heritage.
The Center collaborates with the Michigan Association of Media in Education on the Michigan Authors & Illustrators database. The database lists authors who live in Michigan, were born in Michigan or works that are set in Michigan. The entries include book lists, awards, biographical information, book covers and availability for programs.
The Center participates in events and sponsors activities to encourage public interest in Michigan authors and promote reading.
Events include being an exhibitor at the annual National Book Festival in Washington, DC. We also present at the Kerrytown Bookfest.
Sponsorships include providing support for the Library of Michigan's Michigan Notable Books program. The Center produces an annual Programming Guide for the Notable Books program as part of our sponsorship.
The Center for the Book manages the Letters about Literature program in Michigan in collaboration with the National Center for the Book and Target.