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January 31, 1994

Louisiana Center for the Book Established

The Library of Congress has approved an application from the State Library of Louisiana to become the home of the Louisiana Center for the Book. "We are very pleased to welcome Louisiana to our growing network of affiliated state centers," said John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The purpose of the Louisiana center is "to promote books, reading, and libraries to Louisiana citizens and to celebrate the state's rich literary heritage." Its organizing committee includes representatives from bookstores, state agencies, universities, and libraries. An expanded advisory board will include authors, publishers, reading and literary advocates, and government leaders.

According to state librarian Thomas F. Jaques, a major effort of the Center will be to support book and literacy efforts now under way throughout the state. The Center is also considering several special projects, including a "Louisiana Community of the Book" on-line data base, which will identify Louisiana authors, illustrators, publishers, and booksellers. The Center will hold its opening event in April 1994 and will host the Library of Congress traveling exhibition," Language of the Land: Journeys into Literary America," in 1995.

Louisiana is the 28th state center for the book to become affiliated with the Library of Congress. State centers participate in the LC Center for the Book's educational outreach program, but they plan and fund their own projects. When its application is approved, a state center is granted affiliate status for three years. Renewals are for three years. For additional information, write the Center for the Book, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540.

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PR 94-024
ISSN 0731-3527

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