Missouri Center for the Book Opens Ozarks Chapter

SPRINGFIELD — The Library of Congress has approved an initiative of the Missouri Center for the Book (MCB) to designate Missouri State University as the Ozarks Chapter of the MCB, with the Duane G. Meyer Library as its home base. Tom Peters, dean of library services at Missouri State, is serving as director of the Ozarks chapter.

“Meyer Library is proud to be affiliated with the MCB and the National Center for the Book, founded by the Library of Congress in 1977,” said Peters. The mission of the Missouri Center for the Book is to “support and encourage authors, readers and the larger community of the book,” Peters added.


Other regional chapters are hosted by the Mercantile Library in Saint Louis and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.


As its first official act, the Ozarks Chapter will co-host a reading by Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge. Free and open to the public, Trowbridge’s reading will be held in the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield at 4 p.m. on Sept. 28.  The event’s other hosts include the Missouri State English department and English Society, which are underwriting Trowbridge’s Springfield visit.


The Poet Laureate’s reading is a featured event of Wordfest, a weekend series of public readings, performances and writing workshops. Wordfest activities will be held in various downtown venues starting the evening of Sept. 27 and continuing all day Sept. 28.


During Wordfest, the College of Arts and Letters will provide shuttle service between Park Central Square and the university’s newly opened Brick City art building, 215 W. Mill St. On Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Ozarks chapter of the MCB and the art and design department will host children’s workshops in letterpress printing and bookmaking in Brick City. These workshops will be led by art professors Judith Fowler and Eric Pervukhin.


Author of five poetry collections, Trowbridge was named state Laureate by Governor Jay Nixon at the recommendation of board members of the Missouri Center for the Book. Find more information on Trowbridge’s poetry reading and Wordfest activities online or on Facebook.