The Massachusetts Center for the Book, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting, and promoting cultural programming that will advance the cause of books and reading and enhance the outreach potential of Massachusetts libraries.


Massachusetts Center for the Book was initially organized as a collaborative project of six academic/educational/library organizations:  Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Boston Public Library, Mass Humanities, UMass Amherst Libraries, American Antiquarian Society, and Five Colleges, Inc., which served as the Center’s fiscal agent.  Chartered by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Massachusetts Center for the Book became the 38th state center for the book in a network that now sees centers in every state in the country as well as in the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.  Mass Center for the Book became an independent 501(c)3 on July 1, 2005, and since July 1, 2014, has operated as a public-private partnership that develops programs with the potential for statewide impact in Massachusetts libraries.

Board of Directors

Moying Li, Marcus Capital Management, Boston

Em Claire Knowles, Simmons University, COCIS

Alexandra Marshall, Author, Boston

Krista McLeod, Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen

James Wald, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College

Sharon Shaloo, ex officio

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Board Liaison, N. Janeen Resnick, Library Commissioner, South Hadley


Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director, shaloo@massbook.org

Ellen Flanagan Kenny, Communications Associate, ellenfkenny@massbook.org

Michelle D. Hoover, Coordinator, 20th Annual Mass Book Awards, mdhoover@massbook.org

Library Legislative Caucus

Representative Natalie Higgins, House Co-Chair

Representative Brian Murray, House Co-Chair

Senator Eric Lesser, Senate Chair


We are supported in large part by an appropriation from the General Court of Massachusetts, through budget line 7000-9508, which is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Please consider a donation to support our work by visiting this page.

We benefit, as well, from grants and in-kind support received from the following institutions and organizations: