Iowa Center for the Book

Library of Congress Center for the Book Iowa Affiliate

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is a community of 56 Affiliated Centers, promoting reading, libraries and literacy through the Library of Congress and its Affiliated Centers across the country.

The Iowa Center for the Book at Ames Public Library celebrates and promotes Iowa's unique literary heritage.

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Great Reads from Great Places

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book  during the National Book Festival.

The National Book Festival Roadmap to Reading is made possible by the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Past Great Reads Lists >>

Iowa's 2024 Great Read for Children

“Ten Beautiful Things” by Molly Griffin, illustrated by Maribel Lechuga

Ten Beautiful Things
by Molly Beth Griffin, illustrated by Maribel Lechuga 

Lily and her grandmother search for ten beautiful things as they take a long car ride to Iowa and Lily's new home with Gran. 

A heartfelt story of changing perspectives, Ten Beautiful Things gently explores loss, a new home, and finding beauty wherever you are.

Iowa's 2024 Great Read for Adults

“The Swine Republic: Struggles With the Truth About Agriculture and Water Quality” by Chris Jones

"The Swine Republic: Struggles With the Truth About Agriculture and Water Quality" 
by Chris Jones

The Swine Republic, has been an unexpected hit across Iowa. Jones, a retired University of Iowa researcher, writes for a popular audience about how politics and economics have influenced changes in Iowa’s water quality.

His ability to simplify the complex relationship between agriculture and water makes his science writing uniquely accessible. Jones is passionate about getting the truth about the water we consume out to everyday Iowans, farmers, and scientists alike. 

Literary Events

Around Iowa

Iowa City Book Festival

October 14-20, 2024

www.iowacityofliterature.org/icbf/

 

Poetry Palooza

www.poetryamp.org/poetry-palooza

at Ames Public Library

This event is in the "Family" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Author/Writing, Special Event
Program Details:

 

Families are invited to a free presentation and book signing with Lauren Tarshis, the award-winning author of the New York Times best-selling "I Survived" series. 


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Author/Writing, Class/Workshop
Program Details:

 


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Rotary Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Author/Writing, Class/Workshop
Program Details:

 


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome proposals via our website for programs at www.amespubliclibrary.org/programproposal and exhibits at https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/exhibit-proposal.

More Resources

List of Independent Bookstores (from Midwest Independent Booksellers Association)