Mini-BookCon 2018

What is Mini-BookCon 2018? Mini-BookCon 2018 is an opportunity for publishers, agents, editors, writing program providers, MFA programs, and others to show their stuff to current and future writers. This event is tied to the Writers Conference, day three (October 14) of […]

PBS Kids Writers Contest

Connecticut Center for the Book is pleased to support Connecticut Public in this summer’s PBS Kids Writers Contest. This Contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, running in partnership with […]

The Great American Read

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power […]

Books + Arts = Fun!

Connecticut Center for the Book is very excited to partner with the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and Creative Arts Workshop at the April 21, 2018 Makers Faire in Westport! This year’s theme for the event is #WeAreConnecticut and will highlight the […]

Celebrate Women’s History Month

The amazing collections of the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum illustrate the vital role of women in American […]

Fresh Voices Poetry Competition

Fresh Voices Poetry Competition offers students the opportunity to write and prepare poems suitable for presentation and publication. Since 1993, student poets from all corners of Connecticut have entered this competition and mentoring program.  The Fresh Voices Poetry Competition is now […]

Ex Libris

Once upon a time a books were cherished, kept forever and day, and catalogued at home with beautiful printed bookplates (or ex libris) printed with the owner’s name and a fanciful image of some sort which were pasted to the […]

Poetry Out Loud!

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to support 2018 Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry […]

Connecticut Authors Trail

The Connecticut Authors Trail is back for its tenth year! Twenty-five libraries will host twenty-five authors starting July 10 in Franklin and will wrap up September 20 at Mohegan Sun. Passports are available free at participating libraries throughout the summer as […]

Helen Sheehan Book Prize

Elephant Rock Books is accepting manuscripts for full-length YA novels for its Helen Sheehan Book Prize. The deadline is June 30, 2017, so if you have something suitable, now is the time! The 2018 Sheehan YA Book Prize is a […]

Summer Reading 2017

Reading well takes practice, practice, practice — especially for children! Summer is when reading loss often occurs. Other things are going on – sleep away summer camp, vacation with family or friends, cook outs, day camps for swim, soccer, computer, […]

Route 1 Reads

About Route One Reads Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate […]

We’re Moving!

In just a few more days we’ll be in our new headquarters off of Main Street in Middletown. We are sad to leave our old location, but excited to be closer to the restaurant scene downtown! (We’re all a bit […]

Studio 170

This is soooo cool. Danbury Public Library has developed a brand-new recording studio called Studio 170 with the support of the Friends of the Danbury Library. What could you do with it? Record your own podcast Record a music or […]

The Winners Are In! 2016 National Book Awards

Fiction Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad Non-Fiction Ibram X. Kendi Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Amerca Poetry Daniel Borzutzky The Performance of Becoming Human Young People’s Literature John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell March: […]

Storybook Trail in East Lyme

What a cool idea! East Lyme’s new Storybook Trail combines reading with physical fitness. Launched in September, the trail is a walking path around the perimeter of Samuel M. Peretz Park in Bridebrook with pages from a picture book laminated […]

Little Free Library

You may be wondering: What’s a Little Free Library? Very simply, it is what it says on the box: A tiny free neighborhood library. These libraries are colorful, and usually imaginative, little structures, set up on a pole in a […]