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For Delaware Librarians: DE Center for the Book

DDL's programs, services, and initiatives to realize our vision of making Delaware libraries the first in the nation on behalf of all Delawareans

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Route 1 Reads book promotion at the National Book Festival. Delaware's selection is Valerie's Home Cooking by Delawarean Valerie Bertinelli.

Spotlight on Delaware Authors

Discover Great Places Through Reading

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book state affiliate or state library and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage. Why not read the book suggested for Delaware and then learn, through these books, about the other places that interest you?

Delaware's Selections

The Delaware Center for the Book, established in 2003, is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These Center for the Book affiliates carry out the national Center's mission in their local areas, sponsor programs that highlight their area's literary heritage and call attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries.

Rt. 1 Reads

The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1, which extends from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states/commonwealths for readers traveling this major and meandering highway.

The Delaware Center for the Book asks readers to take a short detour into Delaware on their way from Pennsylvania into Maryland and read Valerie's Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli.

Summer Library Reading Program

The Summer Library Reading Program assists children in maintaining their reading skills over the summer, encourages an appreciation of the library and its resources and fosters a life-long love of reading and learning.

Delaware is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a consortium of state libraries that work together to produce high-quality, low-cost programs and materials to libraries in their states.