Kansas Center for the Book Wins Prestigious Boorstin Award

As a 2008 winner of the Boorstin Center for the Book Award for innovative reading promotion projects, Kansas received recognition for its literacy projects that touch readers of all ages - preschool through adults.

“The Boorstin Award is the highest award any state Center can receive,” said Christie Brandau, State Librarian. “As a program of the State Library of Kansas, the Kansas Center for the Book was recognized for its successful transition and subsequent development into a highly-visible statewide resource program.”

Governor Kathleen Sebelius said, “I knew when I recruited Christie Brandau to Kansas that we would all benefit from her enthusiasm and expertise. I’ve been honored to participate in two different areas highlighted with this award and am so pleased for all those who have worked to earn this honor for our state.”

Roy Bird, Director of the Kansas Center for the Book, accepted the award at the annual two-day “Idea Exchange” attended by state
center coordinators from 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“This is a prestigious honor that acknowledges the work of many Kansans-local librarians, readers, students, teachers, volunteers and others,” Bird explained.

Kansas Center for the Book projects mentioned include the coordination of the Kansas Notable Books list, the Kansas Reads annual one-book statewide discussion project, sponsorship of the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers project, and expanded participation in Letters about Literature.

Bird noted “thousands of Kansans participated in reading and discussing Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood; nearly 1,500 students entered the Letters about Literature competition; and hundreds of libraries joined in reading to preschoolers about safety.”

The award was announced by John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

Funds to support the awards, which include a $1,000 stipend, were donated to the Center for the Book by Ruth F. Boorstin, wife of former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin (1975-1987). Daniel Boorstin, who died in 2004, established the Center for the Book in 1977.

The Kansas Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. As a program of the State Library of Kansas since 2005, the Center’s role is to promote Kansas books, authors, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and the book community, and to foster awareness of literacy and the literary heritage of the state. For more information, visit our website: http://www.kcfb@kslib.info.

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