The Maryland Center for the Book (MCFB), an affiliate of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, develops and supports literary programs and outreach activities that engage citizens across Maryland in literature and reading. As a program of the council’s, MCFB highlights the region’s literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy, and libraries.
Programs related to the Maryland Center for the Book:
- One Maryland One Book
- A statewide reading and discussion program for adults
- Letters About Literature
- A statewide contest where students in grades 4-12 write a letter to their favorite author (dead or alive) about how his/her book influenced their worldview.
- Book Festivals
- Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour
- Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare
- Route One Reads
- Connecting state Center for the Books from Florida to Maine through a different annual theme. Each state selects a book to represent its state on this collective reading list.
Maryland is one of 52 state affiliates of the Library of Congress Center for the Book with satellites at Talbot County Free Library and Washington County Free Library.