The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.
The National Book Foundation is guided by the following core beliefs:
- Books are essential to a thriving cultural landscape
- Books and literature provide a depth of engagement that helps to protect, stimulate, and promote discourse in American society
- Books and literature are for everyone, no matter where the reader is situated geographically, economically, racially, or otherwise
Education & Access
The National Book Foundation is committed to making access to books a priority in all our programming, particularly for our young people. From free book giveaways for children living in public housing authorities nationwide, to after-school and summer reading programs for middle- and high-schoolers, our education programs focus on the love of books and the development of lifelong reading habits.
Book Rich Environments is a tri-sector collaboration between nonprofit organizations, national government agencies, and corporate publishers that aims to infuse public housing communities across the country with a vibrant and accessible culture of books. The initiative connects families living in public housing communities with reading-related resources, working to improve opportunities and outcomes for public housing residents.
National Book Foundation serves as the project lead, with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Education, the Urban Libraries Council, and the National Center for Families Learning serving as key planning partners. 37 HUD-assisted communities across the country serve as local partners, implementing the following three key initiative components:
NBF Presents programs bring National Book Award–honored authors and nationally recognized moderators to libraries, colleges, book festivals, and performance venues for public readings, discussions, and presentations. NBF Presents is designed to give audiences—whether in urban, suburban, or rural communities—access to some of our country’s most renowned writers and their books and to create spaces where authors and audiences can connect, be in dialogue, and share ideas.
The NBF aims to leave no reader or community overlooked, and to be a catalyst for conversations through great books.
Featured Event: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Whistle Stop at the Oregon State Capitol
On Tuesday, November 13 , from 10 a.m. to noon we will be hosting a "Whistle Stop" for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
This is a fun, free and family-friendly event featuring:
- 80 foot Noble Fir tree from the Willamette National Forest on display
- Photo opportunities with Smokey Bear and JR Beaver
- Choral performance at 10:30 a.m. by the Sonshine Christian School Choir
- Public invited to sign the Christmas Card to the Nation
- and more!
Tour Your Capitol and Parks
November 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free
Weekday building tours start at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda until November 12. Free. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.
Jovencio De La Paz's "Every Stitch in the World of Flames" in the Governor's Ceremonial Office
October 1 to November 29, Free
Jovencio De la Paz explores how textile processes—such as weaving, dye and stitchwork—intersect with broader concerns of language, histories of colonization, migrancy, ancient technology and speculative futures. Confronting issues of embodiment and disembodiment, his current work employs a hand-operated digital TC2 Jacquard loom to create textiles that exist between the physicality of cloth and the ephemeral states of digital. His work in "Every Stitch in the World of Flames" capitalizes on the lineage that unites hand-looms, punch-card Jacquard looms and IBM's early punch-card computers. The resulting textiles are familiar in their tactility and surface, but alien in their digital geometries and pixelated distortions. For more information, see www.oregonartscommission.org.
Exhibit: World War I -- An Oregon Perspective
November 1 to 14, Galleria, Free
A display that showcases some of the sights and stories of World War I from an Oregon perpective will be showcased in the Capitol Galleria. This exhibit is brought to you by the Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs and sponsored by the Capitol History Gateway, a project of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.
A Tribute to Veterans
Friday, November 9, Noon to 2 p.m. Free
Pay tribute to our military veterans at our annual event. The presentation of the colors, a choral performance, an exhibit, and a speaker series presentation will be on this year's program.
Tour Your Capitol and Parks
December 1-30 (Monday – Friday, excluding holidays) Free
No guided building tours in the month of December. Self-guided building tours from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. State Capitol State Park self-guided walking tour. Dawn to dusk. Free. Portions of State Capitol State Park are not available due to construction.
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Public Outreach Coordinator