Alaska Center for the Book

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Alaska Center for the Book partners with many organizations to host and sponsor literary events throughout the state.

Reading Rendezvous
In partnership with Anchorage Municipal Libraries

This outdoor reading fair at Anchorage's Cuddy Family Midtown Park, celebrates the written and spoken word and is the kick-off for the Anchorage Municipal Libraries Summer Reading Program. Kids can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and the whole family can enjoy free activities and entertainment. Local groups supporting literacy and literature promote their programs with book giveaways, book-related crafts and other fun activities. Friends of Pets co-sponsors the event, providing educational activities and a diverse array of animals including hamsters, parrots, dogs and miniature horses. 

CLIA Awards
Each year the Alaska Center for the Book presents Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) Awards to persons and institutions that have made a significant contribution in the battle for literacy, to the literary arts, or to the preservation of the written or spoken word in Alaska. Award winners have included teachers, librarians, writers, tutors, organizations and others dedicated to making the world a better place through the gift of language. 

Letters About Literature
In partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
This national writing project invites students in grades 4-12 to write a letter to an author—living or dead—describing how that author's work changed their way of thinking about the world. 

LitSite Alaska
A project of the Department of Creative Writing and Literary Arts at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Literary Consortium.
The Alaska Center for the Book partnered with the UAA Department of Creative Writing and Literay Arts to develop the online Web Community to promote literacy, cultural diversity, and well-being throughout Alaska. Since its inauguration LitSite Alaska has become a gathering place for families and teachers. LitSite features narratives illustrating many cultural aspects of life in Alaska and serves as an online learning tool with lesson plans. This project was originally funded in part by a grant from the National Endownment for the Arts. 

Alaska Native Heritage Month Event

In partnership with the Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month committee and the University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Bookstore.

Each November marks the celebration of Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month. Alaska Center for the Book highlights the work of Alaska Native authors in an afternoon of readings, dscussions and other activities.


National Book Festival

This annual Library of Congress festival in Washington, D.C., celebrates the joys of reading and lifelong literacy. Alaska Center for the Book volunteers represent Alaska's literary heritage at the Pavilion of States.




Alaska Center for the Book
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503