This program is part of the Florida Center for the Book.

What is Center for the Book?

Established in 1977, The Center for the Book is a Library of Congress affiliate program that promotes literature and literacy in all fifty states and six territories through public programming. Florida Humanities was designated the state’s Center for the Book affiliate in 2021. Affiliate locations produce a diverse range of events, lectures, and partnerships to achieve the Library of Congress’ mission. Florida Humanities has crafted public programs and funding opportunities to share our love and appreciation of literature, literacy, and learning.

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St. Johns Reads 2023 is a county-wide “One Book, One Community” month-long community exploration of a specific title that encourages patrons to read, discuss, and experience literature together.

St. Johns Reads 2023

January 2-28, 2023
St. Johns County Libraries (St. Johns County, FL)
About: St. Johns Reads 2023 is a county-wide “One Book, One Community” month-long community exploration of a specific title that encourages patrons to read, discuss, and experience literature together. 

Sunshine State Book Festival 2023

January 27-28, 2023
Trinity United Methodist Church (Gainesville, FL)
About: The Sunshine State Book Festival offers readers opportunities to interact with over 130 authors representing eighteen genres, including the 2023 Keynote Author Janis Owens.

ReadOut: A Festival of LGBTQ Literature

ReadOut 2023: A Festival of LGBTQ Literature

February 17-19, 2023
Gulfport Public Library (Gulfport, FL) 
About: ReadOut is a book festival for lovers of LGBTQ literature. Now in its sixth year, genres include young adult literature, romance, memoir, fiction, poetry, and more with live and online offerings for all ages.

English for Families

A multi-week series of interactive classes, English for Families focuses on developing English vocabulary and literacy skills through strategic and fun story reading and hands-on activities. Developed in partnership with the Orange County Library System, this program is designed specifically to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English by providing essential reading strategies needed to achieve success in the classroom, workplace, and day-to-day life. Ten libraries across the state have hosted English for Families programming in their towns that help foster vital connections between families and their local communities and libraries.

Learn more about English for Families

Highlights from the 2022 National Book Festival

Florida’s Route1Reads 2022 selection is Florida by award-winning author Lauren Groff.

Route1 Reads 2022

Launched at the 2015 National Book Festival, The Route1Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 Centers for the Book to promote stories that illuminate the important aspects of the states and commonwealths connected by the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida.

Florida’s Route1Reads 2022 selection is Florida by award-winning author Lauren Groff. A finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and winner of the Story Prize, Florida brings readers into a place where the hazards of the natural world lie in waiting to pounce, but the greatest mysteries and threats are emotional and psychological. Groff’s short stories center around Florida’s landscapes, climate, history, and state of mind yet span characters, towns, decades, and centuries.

Check out our Q&A with Lauren Groff
Florida’s 2022 selection is Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers from award-winning author Celia Perez

Great Reads from Great Places

Great Reads from Great Places is an annual feature of the National Book Festival that celebrates each states’ and territories’ literary culture with young reader titles. Florida’s 2022 selection is Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers from award-winning author Celia C. Pérez about the story of four kids who form an alternative scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town.

When three girls from different backgrounds find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up. When the kids meet the invitation’s creator, they bond over a shared mission to get their local scout troop, to leave behind an outdated and eco-destructive tradition. Their quest for justice and independence over one unforgettable summer leads to a bond of friendship and understanding that lasts a lifetime.

Check out our Q&A with Celia C. Pérez

Funding Opportunities

For any of the opportunities listed below please contact, Program Coordinator, April Myerscough at 727-873-2001 or [email protected].

Book Festival Grants

Book Festival Grants

Deadline: At least four months prior to the event
Funding Amount: up to $10,000
About: Supports events that celebrate the joy of reading and encourages thoughtful interactions between authors and their readers, and reflect on how literature conveys the human experience.

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English for Families

Deadline: Stay tuned for 2023 application deadlines!
Funding Amount: up to $4,000
About: Supports a multi-week series of interactive classes for parents and children that focuses on developing English vocabulary and literacy skills. This funding opportunity is exclusively for Florida libraries and library systems. 

Florida Talks Program

Florida Talks

Deadline: Six weeks before program date.
About: Florida Talks offers nonprofit organizations an accessible way to host engaging speakers through our speakers’ directory. Speakers present on Florida’s history, heritage, and culture through historical and contemporary lenses.

Florida Humanities Center for the Book is an affiliate program of the Library of Congress. Florida Humanities Center for the Book programming is sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support is also provided by the Florida Division of Library and Information Services.

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