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The Mississippi Library Commission is the proud home of the Mississippi Center for the Book, the state affiliate for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center for the Book is tasked with promoting books, reading, literacy, and libraries. The Mississippi Center for the Book is involved in the following programs:


Mississippi Reads

Mississippi Reads is an online, statewide book club housed on Facebook! We encourage everyone to read the same book, then visit our website to engage in community discussions about that book. Like our Facebook page to be part of the discussion!


Book Club in a Box










Book Club in a Box Kits are just that: ten copies of the same book along with discussion questions ready for schools and libraries to check out for their book club groups. Kits are available for a three-month period (time to receive, distribute, read, and discuss). To schedule a book club kit, contact Ally Mellon at 601-432-4117 or A complete list of titles available can be found here.


Special Collections









Like the Book Club in a Box Kits, the Mississippi Center for the Book also promotes other non-traditional library materials available for checkout. Click here to learn more about the board games, buttonmaker, and puppet kits available.


Jane Smith Literacy Award

Beginning in 2016, the Mississippi Center for the Book will award the Jane Smith Literacy Award, which recognizes an existing literacy project or program that is:

  • outside of traditional library service
  • innovative in nature
  • in a Mississippi public library

Update: the winner of the inaugural Jane Smith Literacy Award is South Mississippi Regional Library for their Families Read First program.


Mississippi Book Festival









The Mississippi Library Commission and the Mississippi Center for the Book are greatly involved with the Mississippi Book Festival to help promote Mississippi’s outstanding literary heritage.  MLC was honored to welcome Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress for a visit during the 2017 Mississippi Book Festival.  (Pictured:  Dr. Hayden took time to read to a group of students from the Mississippi School for the Deaf)


National Book Festival

The Mississippi Library Commission participates in the National Book Festival’s Pavilion of the States exhibit each year in Washington, D.C., where we engage with the public about Mississippi’s rich literary heritage.


Partnerships with Other Agencies

The Mississippi Center for the Book is pleased to have partnered with the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the League of Women Voters, and other agencies to create programming for Mississippi’s public libraries.


For more information, contact Tracy Carr, Center for the Book Coordinator, at 601-432-4450 or .