The Nebraska Center for the Book

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About Nebraska Center for the Book

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

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.


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.

Board of Directors

Amy Mather
Christine Walsh, Past President
Diane Downer
Erika Hamilton, ex-officio
Joan Birnie
Kate Borchman Hassebrook
Kathy Thomsen
Katie Bean
Laurie Yocom, Vice-President
Lois Todd-Meyer
MeMe Smith, Secretary
Mike Markey, ex-officio
Pat Leach, President
Rebecca Faber, ex-officio
Richard Miller
Rod Wagner, ex-officio
Steve Fosselman, Treasurer

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.
Pat Leach, President
Laurie Yocom, Vice President
Christine Walsh, Past President
MeMe Smith, Secretary
Rod Wagner, Nebraska Library Commission Director
Celebration of Nebraska Books — Helps facilitate the annual Celebration of Nebraska Books, serving on the planning team and volunteering at the event.
Katie Bean
Funding/Membership — Helps identify and seek funding sources to support the Nebraska Center for the Book, and recruits members to help support the aims and operating costs of the organization.
One Book One Nebraska — Helps coordinate the annual statewide read, selecting the book for One Book One Nebraska and participating in promotional and educational activities.
Becky Faber, Chair
Diane Downer
Erika Hamilton, Humanities Nebraska Representative
MeMe Smith
Christine Walsh
Laurie Yocom
Publications/Publicity — Plans the NCB News and other communication activities, including the Nebraska Center for the Book Website.
Christine Walsh
Tessa Timperley, Nebraska Library Commission Representative
Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner is an ex-officio member of all committees.

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