The Center for the Book

There are many crucial programs and administrations that are vital to our nation and its literacy growth that we may not even know existed. A prime example of this is the Center for the Book. I had never heard of this administration until I dove into research for Library Lovers’ Month and discovered the significance of the Center for the Book. If you are like me, you probably have no idea what the Center for the Book is or what it does, but no worries! Let’s the face the unknown and uncover what the Center for the Book truly is.

The Center for the Book is an administration that is under the Library of Congress. It promotes reading, literacy, literature, and literacy growth. It was established by public law in 1977 by Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin, the Librarian of Congress, and there are affiliate centers established in all fifty states. The Center for the Book’s goal is to be carried out internationally, so in order to complete this goal, more than eighty programs have been deemed as partners to promote the Center for the Book in the United States and globally.

There are also various ways the Center for the Book promotes reading and literacy. The Center for the Book has created various programs, such as events, contests, lectures, and festivals as motivation for others to read and write and be more involved in literature. The Georgia Literary Festival is held in various cities across the state of Georgia, such as Blue Ridge and Augusta. These festivals celebrate the local authors and hold various activities for guests to participate in.

The contests that the Center for the Book administer usually have cash prizes, which is pure genius on their part. Nothing gathers people quite like money! It’s also genius because cash prizes draw in students, especially college students. When college students hear the word “cash,” they’ll likely listen to whatever is being promoted, and the students are more willing to participate in order to win the cash prize (especially if it’s a contest that is free to partake in) because, let’s face it, almost all college students are broke. That’s why it’s genius to hold contests with prizes because people are more likely to participate in them, which promotes reading and writing at the same time, so it’s a win-win situation for all parties involved.

It’s surprising that a lot of people, including myself, don’t know what the Center for the Book is or that it even existed! If it weren’t for the Center for the Book, our libraries wouldn’t be like they are today. I shudder at the thought of what they would be if it weren’t for the Center for the Book and the programs they have established and partnered with to help promote literacy growth throughout the nation and overseas. This month for Library Lovers’ Month, let’s show some love for the administrations that helped shape our beloved libraries!

Interview with Librarians

This month is Library Lovers’ Month, so let’s shift the focus to the masterminds of the library: the librarians! Librarians are a major part of the library, and without them, we wouldn’t know where anything was or where to begin to look! The Press visited the Lumpkin County Library and interviewed the librarians, giving them the moment in the spotlight they deserve.

Pam Morris

How long have you worked at the Lumpkin County 

Library?

I’ve worked here for one year and seven months!

What’s your favorite book or author?

Oh, that’s a hard one. I don’t have a specific favorite book, but my favorite genre is nonfiction.

What’s your favorite part about being a librarian?

Everyone I’ve worked with is amazing. This is the best place I’ve ever worked!

Where is your favorite place to read?

Outside! I love being outside because there aren’t as many distractions, and I enjoy the fresh air.

 

Zoey Fleck

How long have you worked at the Lumpkin County Library?

About four years now!

What’s your favorite book or author?

Haruki Murakami. His books transport you in another world!

What’s your favorite part about being a librarian?

When I can find a book that can inspire others, and help find what they are looking for.

Where is your favorite place to read?

I’m a homebody, so in my house in my pink chair with a cup of tea.

 

Andrea Tucker

How long have you worked at the Lumpkin County Library?

Four, around five years. Time is hard to keep up with.

What’s your favorite book or author?

It completely depends on my mood. I flip in between fiction and nonfiction. As a fun read, I like urban fantasy,

and I also like Kevin Hearne. He is really clever and funny in his writing.

What’s your favorite part about being a librarian?

My favorite part is feeling like I’m making a difference in the future generations of Lumpkin County residents.

Where is your favorite place to read?

I love being outside, so I like to sit and read on the little park bench at the front of my house. If it’s not too hot, of course!

 

Agnes Gore

How long have you worked at Lumpkin County Library?

I’ve worked here since 2014!

What’s your favorite book?

The Martian by Andy Weir. It really grabbed my attention. It’s very science heavy, and the characters drew me in from the start and didn’t let go.

What’s your favorite part about being a librarian?

My favorite part is how many people I get to interact with and help them on a daily basis. There are so many people who need help, and I’m just glad to help them.

Where is your favorite place to read?

In bed because it’s just cozy, especially with a cup of tea!

Library Lovers Unite!

It’s finally February, the month of love, overly-priced chocolate, and flowers! When you think of February, odds are you think of Valentine’s Day. This, however, isn’t the only day dedicated to love. In fact, the whole month of February is Library Lovers’ Month! So, my dear readers, sit back, relax, and maybe eat some of that expensive chocolate as we explore the various services libraries provide. Warning: You may find yourself falling in love with the library, but no worries! It’ll be best relationships in your life.

  1. Photo by Janko Ferlic via Unsplash

    Help/Assistance. You can easily lose yourself in the maze of books, but don’t fret! There are many librarians who can help and assist you. Witchcraft must be involved because, somehow, they know exactly where hidden books are, and know how to help you.

  2. Entertainment. You can find entertainment for all ages at the library because there are books for people of all ages. Additionally, some librarians even have coloring stations for toddlers. Your child-at-heart will never be bored!
  3. Silence. You often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the hectic world around you. The library offers a moment of silence, where you can recollect your thoughts, and enjoy the moment.
  4. Book Clubs. Libraries are the perfect place to have books clubs. After you finish reading a book, you often want to voice your opinions, and book clubs are the perfect resource for it! Many libraries hold session for book clubs and there are often specialized focus groups for whatever you’re interested in.
  5. Study Groups. Many libraries have separate rooms designated for study groups. You need silence to focus on your work, and your group also has access to the other resources in the library, such as the librarians and books (shocking, I know). It one of the best places to study with a group. Just remember to whisper.
  6. Borrow Books/Movies. It obvious that you can borrow books from a library, but some libraries also allow you to check out movies! So, after you finish reading a book, you can watch it translated into film (and then decide if the book was better).
  7. Saves You Money. This one goes out to my fellow college students. College textbooks are ridiculously expensive (even more so than Valentine’s Day chocolate), so anywhere you can save money is like a life raft. You can borrow books without paying; just remember to renew them!
  8. Naps. The library is one of the coziest places in the world. It’s quiet, and the muffled turning of   pages and whispers lull you to sleep. There is also cushioned chairs and benches that are perfect   to curl up and take a break from studying or reading.