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The Center for the Book sponsors and supports a variety of projects and themes throughout the year.

Telling America's Stories: the Library of Congress's national reading promotion theme for 2001-2003 emphasizes how stories connect people to the world of books and reading. First Lady Laura Bush is Honorary Chair.

Letters About Literature: a popular, annual essay contest that asks students to write to their favorite authors explaining why that author's book made a difference in their lives.

Reading Powers the Mind: cosponsored with Viburnum Foundation, a library-based family literacy project that supports and helps develop pilot projects organized by libraries and their community partners in more than 10 states.

Books & Beyond: talks at the Library of Congress by authors of recently-published books relevant to the Library's collections and mission.

Mother Goose Asks "Why?": a family science and literature project developed by the Vermont Center for the Book that includes nine other state centers.

River of Words: an international environmental poetry and art contest for young people designed to increase awareness and understanding of the natural world.

Read More About It!: brief reading lists for adults and young people about topics presented on television, in exhibitions, and as digitized collections.

Literary Heritage USA: educational projects such as literary maps, literary landmarks, and author data bases that recognize and celebrate America's literary heritage.

Promoting Literacy: projects that promote literacy for all age groups.

The International Community of the Book: events, projects, and publications highlighting the universal importance of books, reading, literacy, and libraries.

Book and Library History: symposia, projects, and publications that encourage the study of books, reading, libraries, and print culture in society.

Celebrating Books, Reading, and Libraries: events, commemorations, exhibitions and publications that highlight the importance of books, reading, and libraries.

Book Arts: projects and publications that encourage appreciation of book design and the book and graphic arts.

Poetry Projects: using and promoting poetry to encourage reading.

Preserving our Print Heritage: projects that raise awareness of the importance of preserving books, paper, and other media.

Books in the Digital Age: symposia, projects, and publications that consider the role of books and the printed word in the future.

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