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Program The Center for the Book


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Mission Statement

The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries. It is the official state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center works to accomplish its mission in three ways: by developing, sponsoring and coordinating statewide reading enrichment programs for children; by identifying and nurturing the objectives of Louisiana’s writers, publishers and others involved in the creation and promotion of books; and by encouraging Louisianans to read by presenting or sponsoring public presentations by accomplished authors, thus enabling the public to interact with living authors, particularly at the Louisiana Book Festival and annual programs such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month events.


Jim Davis, Executive Director

Mailing address

State Library of Louisiana
701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


URL: external link

Parent Institution

State Library of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

State Authors and/or Literary map

Louisiana Writer Award: external link


Great Reads from Great Places


Photo Gallery

  • 4 student winners standing in front of the winners display wall
    The National Student Poets Program celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Class of 2022 winners participating in the 2022 Louisiana Book Festival
  • Tracy K. Smith speaking at a lectern
    Former U.S. Poet Laureate, in 2018, visited Louisiana as part of her “American Conversations” tour