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Welcome to the Website of the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, sponsored by the Illinois State Library, Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. The mission of the Illinois Center for the Book is to nurture and connect readers and writers, and honor our rich literary heritage.

This website will provide information about the array of projects and services of the Illinois Center for the Book - some of which are continuous and others which bring limited offerings to highlight special partnerships or occasions.

2015 Letters About Literature Winners

Letters About Literature Winners

Pictured with Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White and Illinois State Library Director, Anne Craig, are Claudia Levens (left), Cameron Hailstone (center) and Aidan Kingwell (right). 2015 Letters About Literature Winners are Cameron Hailstone, Level I; Claudia Levens, Level II; and Aidan Kingwell, Level III. Kingwell was also named the Level III national winner.

2014 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition Winners

Emerging Writers Competition Winners

Front from left to right – Jessica L. Walsh, second place and Whittney Jones, first place. Back from left to right – Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White; Pablo Otavalo, third place; and Illinois Poet Laureate, Kevin Stein.