Rhode Island Center for the Book to reside at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center

Rhode Island Center for the Book was created to celebrate reading, writing, making and sharing books across Rhode island, and is a cooperative effort of many Rhode Island readers, writers, publishers, librarians, educators and book artists.

Newport, RI – The Rhode Island Center for the Book will operate from the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University beginning in January 2019, according to a press release from the Pell Center today.


Dedicated to promoting reading and celebrating community, the RI Center for the Book sponsors innovative programs each year.  Their signature program—Reading Across Rhode Island—focuses state-wide attention on one book each year, encouraging book discussions and providing thousands of books at no cost to schools and readers in order to spur the widest possible engagement. 


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For nearly 10 years, the center has partnered with the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services for a separate summer reading program—Kids Reading Across Rhode Island—focusing on elementary school-aged children.  Other initiatives at the Center for the Book focus on a Library of Congress initiative to encourage young readers to write letters to their favorite authors.  The Living Literature initiative produces live events that bring stories to life for audiences.  The Youth Poetry Ambassador is selected each year in conjunction with the Rhode Island Poet Laureate to encourage more young poets across the state. 


“We are thrilled to provide the Rhode Island Center for the Book a new institutional home,” said Jim Ludes, Vice President for Public Research and Initiatives at Salve Regina University.  “I first got to know the Center for the Book and its leader, Kate Lentz, several years ago.  I was immediately impressed with the quality of their work and the impact they have across the state,” he continued.  “We wanted to do more with them.”


“The missions of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the Rhode Island Center for the Book align so well and complement each other so completely, this was really a natural fit,” said Kate Lentz, Executive Director of the RI Center for the Book.


“When we think about Senator Claiborne Pell’s legacy in the humanities and education,” Ludes added, “bringing the RI Center for the Book—and all of the amazing programming they do each year—to the Pell Center makes perfect sense.”


While in residence at Salve Regina’s Pell Center, the RI Center for the Book will remain an independent Rhode Island non-profit corporation.