The Library of Congress Center for the Book, which comprises the fellow Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading as well as poetry and literature.
The Center for the Book was established by public law in 1977 and incorporates several private-public partnerships designed to implement programs, awards and prizes in order to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading. Since its founding, the Library of Congress Center for the Book has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center's mission is also carried out internationally through its overseas affiliates. Additionally, more than 80 organizations have been designated Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the United States and abroad.
The Young Readers Center is a special place in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson building that welcomes children and young adults to the wonderful world of books. Here they find a comfortable space to enjoy storytelling and reading, access kid-friendly sites on the Internet, and attend stimulating and fun educational programs.
The Poetry and Literature Center strives to foster and deepen the public's appreciation of literature. To this end, the Center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers, and coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences and symposia.