Welcome to the Iowa Center for the Book
The Iowa Center for the Book is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in Iowa by the State Librarian.
Iowa author Jacqueline Briggs Martin's book is Iowa's selection for the 2014 National Book Festival's Discover Great Places Through Reading Map. The book has been named to the School Library Journal's Best Books 2013 nonfiction and the 2014 ALA Notable Children's Book list.
Experience at Davenport Public Library of special note
Dear Kate DiCamillo: "Your book taught me to never stop loving...you can't let sadness and regret govern your life."
Iowa Announces 2014 Letters About Literature Winners!
Celebrating the life of a reader, Sharon Kurns, with a virtual book club and pay-it-forward promise. Colleagues, friends, and family create a bridge of empathy and shared purpose, not only for those who knew and loved her, but for so many others who would hear the story and want to join in the celebration by coming together to read.
How Nitro Sock overcame prejudice against outsiders and saved the city of Des Moines, its citizens, architectural gems, sculptures and night life for future generations.
Congratulations to Thomas Maltman whose brilliant second novel will be the at the center discussions among hundreds of Iowans next year! Its themes resonate with current events even though it was written before the shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newton, Connecticut.