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Oregon Center for the Book
Oregon Center for the Book at the State Library was created in 1986 as an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. We are one of fifty state centers.


Purpose:
To stimulate public interest in books, reading and libraries.
 
Activities:
1.  Letters About Literature
A national reading and writing contest for youth in grades 4 through 10.
 
2.  National Book Festival The Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator and an Oregon author staff the Oregon table in The Pavilion of the States.  Every state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories are represented and share information about books, reading, and libraries in their states. The 2013 National Book Festival was attended by an estimated 200,000 people.  Sara Charlton, representing the Oregon Library Association and Oregon poet Tim Barnes were selected to participate. 

3. Oregon 150 Poetry Book List 
Poetry Northwest, in partnership with the Oregon Center for the Book at the State Library, developed a list of 150 poetry books by Oregonians—1 book for each year of statehood.  To create the list, nominations were solicited from Oregon authors and the general public.  The nominations were reviewed, and titles were selected for the list by Poetry Northwest. This list promotes local poetry, and is a valuable resource for Oregonians interested in reading and writing poetry.
 
4. Oregon Authors Website 
The Oregon Center for the Book at the State Library and OLA’s Oregon Authors Committee partnered to develop and maintain the Oregon Authors Website.  In 2007, OLA received an LSTA grant to fund the development of the website.  The Oregon Authors Committee is committed to developing and maintaining the content, and the Oregon Center for the Book is committed to hosting the server for the website.  The Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator has become an ex officio member of the Oregon Authors Committee to ensure sustainability of this ongoing project. 
 

5.  Oregon Book Awards
Since 1995 the Oregon Center for the Book has worked with Literary Arts, Inc. to promote the Oregon Book Awards in libraries. During the month before the Awards are presented, 24 public libraries receive copies of the finalists’ titles (which are donated by the publishers) and mount Oregon Book Award displays. The annual Public Library Statistics are used to select participating libraries. These libraries have small materials budgets yet maintain high circulation rates.   
 
All libraries may download, print and distribute the 2014 Oregon Book Awards (OBA) bookmarks.

 
6.  Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse
Provides resources on protecting and defending intellectual freedom.  You will find forms to request information about challenged materials and forms to report challenges to materials at your library. 
 
7.  Oregon Poetry Collection 
In 2007, the Oregon State Library and the Oregon State Poetry Association joined together to preserve, promote, and make accessible publications of Oregon poets.  Publications in this special collection are written by Oregon poets, past and present, or deal substantially with Oregon subject matter. 

Starting in November 2014 the Oregon Poetry Collection is moving to the University of Oregon. The Oregon Poetry Association and University of Oregon have established a partnership to develop, maintain, and provide access to the Oregon Poetry Collection. Items in the collection will not be accessible during the transition of materials and records from the State library to the University of Oregon. There will be an announcement on this webpage when the Oregon Poetry Collection is accessible at the University of Oregon. Thank you for your patience.     
 
8. Oregon Reads 2009
In 2009 the Oregon Library Association sponsored the first statewide community reads.  This event coincided with Oregon’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2009.  The Oregon Center for the Book  Coordinator served on the Oregon Reads Task Force to assist with the planning efforts. Major contributions included distribution of over 10,000 books to public libraries throughout Oregon, and hosting the Oregon Reads website. 
 
The Oregon Reads 2009 The Task Force selected Stubborn Twig:  Three generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family by Lauren Kessler  for Oregon Reads 2009.  In order to include all Oregonians, the event also featured Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolff for upper elementary school students and Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson for younger children. 
 
Contact:
Katie Anderson, 503-378-2528 or katie.anderson@state.or.us.