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The Iowa Center for the Book (ICB) is a program of Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  Founded in 2002, ICB's mission is to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries.  To fulfill this mission the ICB offers a variety of programs and resources. Follow us here and friend us on Facebook.

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.

"A Year of Reading Sharon" is born

"A Year of Reading Sharon" is born

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.

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"A Spaceman Who Lived in Des Moines"

"A Spaceman Who Lived in Des Moines"

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.

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Thomas Kessler joins Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council

Thomas Kessler joins Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council

Kessler to represent University of Northern Iowa community. "Tom is well-known and respected in the Iowa library community," said Mary Wegner, State Librarian. "He will bring special expertise to the Council."

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Alice Meyer to Represent Bookstores and Publishers on the ICB Advisory Council

Alice Meyer to Represent Bookstores and Publishers on the ICB Advisory Council

New Council member will focus on the explosive changes in the publishing industry that have occurred in the past few years - the rise of e-books, the growth of self-publishing, the dominance of Amazon.com and the uncertainty of the big chain bookstores as they all relate to getting books into the hands of people - and getting them to read.

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And the 2014 All Iowa Reads Selection is...."Little Wolves" by Thomas Maltman

And the 2014 All Iowa Reads Selection is...."Little Wolves" by Thomas Maltman

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.

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What We're Reading in Iowa - Part 4

What We're Reading in Iowa - Part 4

Book discussion groups abound in Iowa libraries. Their reading lists spark conversation, inspire friendships and build community. This is the third in a series of articles featuring Iowa library book clubs for adults and what their members have been reading together this year. The All Iowa Reads annual winner is widely read by book groups, but otherwise the variety of titles shared is stunning. Ideas for everyone!

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