M.T. Anderson and young fans at the National Book Festival

The affiliated Centers for the Book bring the national Center's message of the importance of books and reading to audiences nationwide. These centers actively work within their states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands to highlight their unique literary heritage. Many of the centers sponsor book festivals, author readings and other events that celebrate books and libraries.

The Center for the Book has also formed a national network of more than 80 reading promotion partners to help it fulfill its mission. These partners collaborate with the Center and with each other to maximize their efforts. They also meet annually at the Library of Congress to exchange ideas on how best to promote reading.