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Program The Center for the Book


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Mission Statement

The Missouri Center for the Book is a program of Missouri Humanities and the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Our mission is to commemorate and promote appreciation for and greater awareness of Missouri’s rich literary heritage. This includes promoting awareness of books, writing, reading, the book arts, publishing, poetry and literacy in Missouri.

Since receiving Affiliate Center status in 2021, our work has been guided with input from numerous literary and literacy-based organizations, authors, and educators from across the state of Missouri who serve on the Missouri Center for the Book Planning Team.


Lisa Carrico (Program Director)
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Mailing address

Missouri Humanities
105 North Main St
Suite 108
St. Charles, MO 63301


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Parent Institution

Missouri Humanities
Statewide, Missouri


Great Reads from Great Places

Photo Gallery

  • a group of attendees holding books and bags smiling and waving
    2022 National Book Festival, Washinton, D.C. Festival attendees collecting “Great Reads from Great Places” handouts and collecting stamps for their Roadmap to Reading passport map at the Missouri Center for the Book Affiliate booth.
  • Dan and Connie smiling and holding their award with Ashley.
    Bryan Haynes Studio, Washington, Missouri. Missouri Humanities Executive Director Ashely Beards-Fosnow presenting Dan and Connie Burkhardt with the Missouri 2022 “Great Read from Great Places” Award for their book “Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri.”
  • Mon sitting in a chair in a yard reading to parents and children sitting on blankets on the grass.
    Neighborhood Read Book Store, Washington, Missouri. Storytime with children’s book author Mon Trice reading her book “Cannon’s Crash Course” as part of the 2022 Missouri Book Festival.