Missouri Center for the Book opens Ozarks chapter
The Library of Congress has approved an initiative of the Missouri Center for the Book (MCB) to designate Missouri State University as the Ozarks Chapter of the MCB, with the Duane G. Meyer Library as its home base. Tom Peters, dean of library services at Missouri State, is serving as director of the Ozarks chapter.
“Meyer Library is proud to be affiliated with the MCB and the National Center for the Book, founded by the Library of Congress in 1977,” said Peters. The mission of the Missouri Center for the Book is to “support and encourage authors, readers and the larger community of the book,” Peters added.
Other regional chapters are hosted by the Mercantile Library in Saint Louis and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
As its first official act, the Ozarks Chapter will co-host a reading by Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge. Free and open to the public, Trowbridge’s reading will be held in the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28. The event’s other hosts include the Missouri State English department and English Society, which are underwriting Trowbridge’s Springfield visit.
The Poet Laureate’s reading is a featured event of Wordfest, a weekend series of public readings, performances and writing workshops. Wordfest activities will be held in various downtown venues starting the evening of Sept. 27 and continuing all day Sept. 28.
During Wordfest, the College of Arts and Letters will provide shuttle service between Park Central Square and the university’s newly opened Brick City art building, 215 W. Mill St. On Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Ozarks chapter of the MCB and the art and design department will host children’s workshops in letterpress printing and bookmaking in Brick City. These workshops will be led by art professors Judith Fowler and Eric Pervukhin.
Author of five poetry collections, Trowbridge was named state Laureate by Governor Jay Nixon at the recommendation of board members of the Missouri Center for the Book. Find more information on Trowbridge’s poetry reading and Wordfest activities online or on Facebook.
About the Missouri Center for the Book
The MCB is a statewide organization whose regional chapters affirm the importance of books and reading to Missouri residents, celebrate the state’s literary heritage, and recognize the contributions of Missouri’s authors, book illustrators, booksellers of both new and antiquarian books, publishers, librarians, and others involved in literacy and the literary arts.
Wordfest is a project of the Springfield-Greene County Library District, with funding from the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Literary Festival, and additional support from Ozarks Public Television.
About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
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