About California Center for the Book

California Center for the Book: Mission and Values

Our mission is to help the librarians of California get their communities reading and connecting.

We help librarians develop and expand programs that promote reading, community engagement, and lifelong learning for adults and intergenerational groups. We also offer professional development opportunities and share resources to help librarians and community partners achieve these goals.

We value resource sharing, collaboration, community-building, and innovation.


LSTA – California Statewide Goals and Outcomes Addressed by California Center for the Book Programs

Goal 3: California libraries inspire, support, and engage in innovation, creativity, connections, and collaborations in their communities. Outcome 3c: Californians connect and collaborate through their library

Goal 7: California libraries are staffed by a skilled and diverse workforce whose members engage in continuing education and leadership development opportunities, deliver high-quality library and information services, and effect positive change in their communities. Outcome 7: California library staff is well-prepared to meet the diverse needs and effect positive change in their communities

California Center for the Book: History

In 1987, the California Center for the Book was established at the California State Library. Through the 1990’s the Center was housed at various organizations. In 2000, under the guidance of California State Librarian Kevin Starr, CCFB was reborn as part of the Department of Information Studies at UCLA creating dynamic literature-based programs and relying on a network of public library partners throughout the state. Dr. Starr provided primary funding for CCFB with a Library Services and Technology Act grant, which fortunately has continued to the present. In 2008, State Librarian Susan Hildreth envisioned a CCFB more closely connected to public libraries, and so CCFB moved to the Pio Pico Koreatown branch of Los Angeles Public Library and became a project of the Southern California Library Cooperative. In 2015, CCFB became a program of the California Library Association and expanded its focus into community engagement programs and professional development programs for California’s adult services librarians.

Library of Congress Affiliation

California Center for the Book is part of a network of state Centers for the Book across the nation, all affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Founded in 1977, The Library of Congress Center for the Book, which also administers the Poetry and Literature Center, promotes books and libraries, literacy and reading, and poetry and literature. Programs include a diverse range of events, series, lectures, partnerships, prizes, contests and awards.


California Library Association Program

Since the summer of 2015 we have been a program of the California Library Association. We are aligned with CLA, a statewide agency that, like CCFB, is committed to providing support and professional development resources to the library community, and providing programs that benefit both California’s libraries and the communities served by those libraries.


IMLS Statement (English & Spanish)

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

El Centro de California para el Libro es un programa de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de California, apoyado en su totalidad o en parte por el Instituto de Museos y Servicios de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos bajo las disposiciones de Servicios Bibliotecarios y el Acto de Tecnología, administrado en California por el Bibliotecario Estatal.

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