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Reading and Writing Programs

The Reading and Writing Programs of the Illinois State Library are presented by the Illinois Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Illinois Center for the Book is a programming arm of the State Library providing reading, writing and author programs with the following mission: "Nurturing and connecting readers and writers, and honoring our rich literary heritage."

Family Reading Night

An annual statewide event when families are encouraged to spend quality time reading together. The event is celebrated annually in Illinois on the third Thursday in November. More about Family Reading Night

Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

Promotes creative writing, encourages local writers and provides a unique opportunity and outlet for recognizing new literary talent. Winners receive cash prizes and have their works submitted for review and possible publication in several Illinois literary magazines. More about Illinois Emerging Writers

Letters About Literature

A national reading contest for students sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Illinois Center for the Book and other participating state centers for the book. More about Letters About Literature

Read for a Lifetime

The first statewide reading program to target high school students. The primary goal of the program is to promote the enjoyment of reading, by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewarding them for their effort.

More about Read for a Lifetime