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.

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

This program is part of the 2022 National Book Festival.

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

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kids meet the invitation’s creator, they bond over a shared mission to get their local scout troop, to leave behind an outdated and eco-destructive tradition.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.

This program is part of the 2022 National Book Festival.

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: August 31, 2022
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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