Missouri Center for the Book
The Missouri Center for the Book was established in 1993 “to bring the words and ideas of books into the thoughts and lives of Missourians.” The Center is a statewide organization that promotes the importance of books and reading to Missouri residents, celebrates the state’s literary heritage, and recognizes the contributions of Missouri’s authors, book illustrators, booksellers, publishers, librarians, and others involved in the literary arts. The Missouri Center is an affiliate of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which was established by law in 1977 to strengthen and celebrate the vital role of books, reading, and libraries in the cultural life of the nation.The Center is governed by a board of directors composed of authors, publishers, librarians, editors, and community leaders. The board develops programs and plans activities that stimulate public interest in books and reading.
The Ozarks Chapter of the MCB was established in 2013, with the Duane G. Meyer Library on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield as its home base. Tom Peters, Dean of Library Services, also serves as Director of the MCBOC. Jim Baumlin, Distinguished Professor of English and Senior Editor of Moon City Press, also serves on the MCBOC Board.