inTown: Library of Congress Book Festival
The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public. You can check out the Library of Congress’ website about the festival. They have some awesome multimedia videos and lots of information worth checking out even if you’re not attending. Here are some of the things that are planned for this weekend.
More than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on the National Mall throughout the weekend in the Children, Teens, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Contemporary Life, Poetry & Prose, SciFi Fantasy & Graphic Novels and Special Programs pavilions, plus the Family Storytelling Stage featuring authors and musical acts popular with young children.
Library of Congress Pavilion
At the Library of Congress Pavilion you can explore the history of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and discover tools for researching and preserving your own family history. This year’s Library of Congress Pavilion offers a behind-the-scenes look at the many ways the Library brings its extraordinary resources to people everywhere.
Let’s Read America
Children and families will enjoy reading-related activities in the Let’s Read America pavilions sponsored by the Washington Post, Wells Fargo, AT&T, PBS Kids, LEGO DUPLO and Scholastic Inc. and have an opportunity to visit the Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive.
Pavilion of the States (Saturday only)
The Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. A brochure available in this pavilion, called “Discover Great Places Through Reading,” offers a list of 52 great reads. Many of these books will be for sale in the Book Sales Pavilion.
Book Sales Pavilion
Barnes and Noble is the official bookseller for the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Visit the book sales pavilion conveniently located on the festival grounds if you’d like to purchase selected books by 2012 National Book Festival authors. Be sure to pick up books by your favorite authors before going to the book-signing areas.
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