Center for the Book

Center for the Book logoThe South Carolina State Library's Center for the Book celebrates our rich literary heritage, bringing public attention to the importance of books, writers, and reading.

The Center for the Book engages, inspires, and informs diverse audiences through our author talks, web-based programs, videos, writing challenges for young people, Read-Ins, festivals, and other events designed to advance appreciation of the written word.

The Center for the Book also plays a role in the annual Library of Congress National Book Festival by naming a book to the Great Reads from Great Places program. In addition, we help to promote the activities and initiatives of the Library of Congress, the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement, as well as those of the other Affiliated Centers for the Book.


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SCSL's Center for the Book elevates and advocates for our state’s unique literary heritage – developed by writers whose works reflect distinctively American places. Our programs feature their stories, novels, essays, poems and other written works, rooted in our state's extraordinary diversity of people and geography.

Great Reads from Great Places

Great Reads from Great Places

The state Centers for the Book selects a book representing the literary heritage of the their state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Author talk for Authors of SC

Speaker at the Center

Speaker at the Center is a lecture series hosted by the South Carolina Center for the Book and celebrates South Carolina's rich literary heritage.


Kids with Cocky at the State Library Read-In.


Read-In, sponsored by the South Carolina State Library's Center for the Book, is SC's premier Children's Reading Event.

Past Presentations, Speakers, & Events

 SCSL's Center for the Book videos
You can view a selection of our past events, author talks, and presentations in our YouTube playlist.


Starting in 1984, the Center for the Book in the Library began to establish affiliate centers in the 50 states. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Center for the Book affiliates carry out the national Center's mission in their local areas, sponsor programs that highlight their area's literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries. Affiliates must submit an application to become part of -- and retain -- their Center for the Book status, which is renewable for a three-year period. The Center for the Book has established guidelines for creating affiliates and for programming activities.

These affiliated Centers for the Book bring the national Center's message of the importance of books and reading to audiences nationwide. They actively work within their states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to highlight their unique literary heritage. Many of the centers sponsor book festivals, author readings, and other events that celebrate books and libraries.

The Center for the Book has also formed a national network of more than 80 reading promotion partners to help it fulfill its mission. These partners collaborate with the Center and with each other to maximize their efforts. They also meet annually at the Library of Congress to exchange ideas on how best to promote reading.