August 22, 2018 – Since 2011, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has hosted the Rhode Island Center for the Book and provided significant support towards its operational budget. After months of thoughtful deliberation, the Council Board voted to conclude the current relationship by December 31, 2018. The Center for the Book will move forward as an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in its own right.
“The Center for the Book could never have grown and developed its programming and membership without the thoughtful support and guidance of the Council, and we look forward to many meaningful partnerships in the future,” said Kate Lentz, Director of the RI Center for the Book.
The Humanities Council is committed to supporting a successful transition into this new chapter for the Center for the Book. “This decision was carefully made after months of deliberation, and we are grateful to the Council’s Board of Directors and the Center for the Book’s Board for their time and consideration of this important resolution,” said Elizabeth Francis, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. “We hope our friends and supporters will continue to invest in the futures of both organizations. The Humanities Council is proud to have promoted the Center for the Book’s growth and impact on literacy and civic engagement through reading in Rhode Island, and we will continue to advance these shared goals.”