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Literary Community

Created to celebrate the culture of the book, the Center honors all aspects of the literary world and provides a link between our citizens and writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and educators. The Center is affiliated with the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Shannon Barniskis
Nick Demske
Kathy Galvin
Doris Green
Wooseob Jeong
Don Johnson
Robin Rider
Mary Lou Santovec, President
Thomas Walker, Executive Director
Bonnie Withers
About the Center For The Book


The Center for the Book was founded in 1977 as a way for the Library of Congress to “promote books, reading, literacy, as well as the scholarly study of books.” The Center for the Book manages important programs such as Letters About Literature and River of Words, in addition to giving out three annual awards, totalling $250,000, for organizations that have promote reading and make significant strides for literacy in the U.S. Beginning in 1984, the Center for the Book began establishing state-based affiliates, and now have a center in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

News & Events


Letters about Literature Deadlines

Letters about Literature (LAL) is a writing contest for young readers in grades 4-12, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Wisconsin Center for the Book. Students write a letter to an author of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story or poem describing how the work changed the students’ view of the world or of themselves. Students are asked to do reflective writing rather than a book report. Entries are judged at both the state and national levels and prizes are awarded for the best letter at various grade levels.

Details for the program can be found on the Web site The site also outlines lesson plans for teachers who want to incorporate the contest into their curriculum as well as information on how the exercise relates to the Common Core State Standards.

Deadlines for submissions
December 2: Entry Deadline for Level 3 (grades 9-12)
January 9: Entry Deadline for level 1 (grades 4-6) & level 2 (grads 7-8)
For more details visit: WCB Letters About Literature