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. We sponsor activities by other groups such as the Michigan Author Awards, which bring readers in touch with Michigan authors. 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. You can view the Read posters here.
We currently do not have any copies of the posters remaining. If you are able to print from the link above, you are welcome to do so.
- Preserving Michigan's Literary Heritage
The Center works with local groups and the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) to fund Literary Landmarks in Michigan. The program encourages the preservation of historic literary sites and Michigan's literary heritage.
The Hackley Public Library and the Center designated Michigan's 7th literary landmark for Verna Aardema on June 12,2012.
- Michigan Author Award 2011
Gary Schmidt, author of award winning and critically acclaimed children and young adult fiction is the winner of the 2011 Michigan Author Award! The Center cosponsors the award with the Michigan Library Association. Since 1992, the program has honored 20 Michigan authors for outstanding contributions to Michigan literature.
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. You can print Michigan Author & Illustrator bookmarks to use as well.
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. In 2010, the Festival was Saturday, September 25th. Webcasts of authors are available. We also present at the Kerrytown Bookfest.
Sponsorships include providing support for the Library of Michigan's Michigan Notable Books program, the Michigan Library Association's annual Michigan Author Award. 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.