The Nebraska Center for the Book

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About Nebraska Center for the Book

NCB is not a place, but an idea and a vision.

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The Nebraska Center for the Book is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Nebraska Center supports programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. We have been an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book since 1990.


The Nebraska Center for the Book brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators and scholars to build the community of the book. We are the people who know and love books, and who value the richness they bring to our lives.

Board of directors

Sherry Houston, President
Katie Bean
Kate Borchman Hassebrook
Francine Canfield
Diane Downer
Rebecca Faber
Molly Fisher, ex-officio
Erika Hamilton, ex-officio
Nancy Johnson
Pat Leach
Donna Kennedy Marvin, Treasurer
Lois Todd Meyer, Secretary
Thomas Deane Tucker
Rod Wagner, ex-officio
Christine Walsh
Suzanne Wise
Laura Madeline Wiseman
Laurie Yocom

Committees & coordinators

These committees assist in carrying out the mission of the Nebraska Center for the Book:

Executive — Consists of the officers of the Board of Directors and the Director of the Nebraska Library Commission.
Sherry Houston, President
Mary Ellen Ducey, Past President
Donna Kennedy Marvin, Treasurer
Lois Todd Meyer, Secretary
Funding/Membership — Helps identify and seek funding sources to support the Nebraska Book Festival, and looks for members to help support the aims and operating costs of the organization.
Donna Kennedy Marvin
Suzanne Wise
Nebraska Book Festival — Helps facilitate the Nebraska Book Festival, but does not usually plan the festival’s programming and is not responsible for raising money. Members help out at the event itself and help to arrange for the next year’s location/institution, etc.
Mary Ellen Ducey
Sherry Houston
Programs/Projects — Helps coordinate statewide and national programs such as Letters About Literature, Literary Landmark, One Book One Nebraska and other Center for the Book initiatives.
Becky Faber
Nancy Johnson
Lois Todd Meyer
Donna Kennedy Marvin
Erika Hamilton
Publications/Publicity — Plans the NCB News and other publicity, including the Nebraska Center for the Book Website.
Mary Ellen Ducey
Molly Fisher
Christine Walsh
Mary Jo Ryan, Nebraska Library Commission staff representative
Awards Art Coordinator
Mary Jo Ryan
Letters About Literature Coordinator
Laureen Riedesel
Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner is an ex-officio member of all committees.

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