Contact: Gary Fitzpatrick (202) 707-8542, Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

November 8, 1993

Directory of Book, Reading and Library Organizations Published by Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has just published a new edition of The Community of the Book: A Directory of Organizations and Programs, a guide to national organizations that promote books and reading, administer literacy projects, and encourage the study of books and print culture. The Community of the Book is both a source of current information about the world of books and a description of good ideas for promoting books, reading, and libraries. A project of the Center for the Book, the 149-page directory was compiled by Maurvene D. Williams, program officer of the center, and edited by the center's director, John Y. Cole. It supersedes the 1989 edition.

Current information about 109 organizations, ranging alphabetically from ACTION to the Women's National Book Organization, is included. The directory's focus is on national organizations, but state, regional, and international organizations are included on a selective basis. The entries include names, addresses, telephone numbers and other telecommunications information; descriptions of programs, outreach activities and strategies; examples of specific projects; and information about publications and sources of support. The volume includes an introductory essay, "Is There a Community of the Book?" by John Y. Cole; an appendix describing additional resources; and an index.

The Community of the Book: A Directory of Organizations and Programs is available from the Library of Congress Sales Shop or by mail from the Publishing Office, Box J, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-8620. The price is $8.95. Please add $3.50 per order (one to four copies) if ordering by mail. Credit card orders may by placed by phone. Please call (202) 707-6095 to place orders or for more information.

The Center for the Book was established by law in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries, and to encourage the study of books and print culture. Its projects and those of its affiliated state centers and national reading promotion partners are supported by private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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PR 93-140
ISSN 0731-3527

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