The Rhode Island Center for the Book was established in 2003, and is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. It was created to celebrate reading, writing, making and sharing books across Rhode island, and is a cooperative effort of many Rhode Island readers, writers, publishers, librarians, educators and book artists. Signature programs include Reading Across Rhode Island; Letters About Literature, through which schoolchildren write letters to their favorite author; Rhode Island BookLinks, an online guide to the Rhode Island book community; and Arts of the Book, an annual event or activity concerned with the artistic or physical aspects of the book, such as printing, binding and illustration.