The following is a guest post by Thomas Shaw, operations assistant in the Library’s Development Office.
We are excited to announce a new opportunity for book lovers to support our beloved annual celebration of reading and literacy, the National Book Festival, while enhancing their own festival experience. Each year, the Library of Congress National Book Festival brings together tens of thousands of festivalgoers with more than 100 of their favorite authors for engaging conversation, book signings and family fun.
Thanks to its many sponsors and supporters, the festival has always been free to the public. This is by design, as the Library strives to promote a culture of reading and literacy. This year, the Library offers festival fans and literacy supporters the limited opportunity to join the Booklovers Circle with a $1,000 gift, which lets them experience the festival in a whole new way. Here are a few of our top reasons for why being a Booklovers Circle member matters:
1. Maximize Your Time, Bypass The Line
Begin your day at the National Book Festival with smooth, expedited entry at the Washington Convention Center. Avoid the wait and save your time and energy for a full day of excellent festival programming.
2. Guarantee Seating For Your Most Anticipated Authors
Have you always wanted to see Diana Gabaldon up close? Are you worried you’ll miss out on getting a seat to hear David McCullough? Joining the Booklovers Circle guarantees you and a guest reserved seating in all of the festival stages, including the Main Stage, which features both Diana Gabaldon and David McCullough, as well as Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Friedman, J.D. Vance and David Baldacci.
3. Exclusive Invitations To Premiere Library of Congress Literacy Events
Members of our National Book Festival Booklovers Circle are warmly invited to become regulars at signature Library of Congress literary events throughout the year. This includes the opening reading by Tracy K. Smith, the new Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on September 13.
4. Expand Your National Book Festival Poster Collection
Every year, the Library of Congress enlists the talents of a new artist who designs the artwork that we incorporate into our striking National Book Festival Poster. Our most devoted festivalgoers collect every poster. Even if you’re just beginning your collection, with your Circle membership it’s never too late to take home a limited edition National Book Festival poster.
5. Make It Possible For Other People To Love Books As Much As You Do
The Booklovers Circle is a great way to both give back to an event that has enriched so many lives and become a “must-do” on the annual literary calendar, while enhancing your own festival experience. If you want to see the impact of the gift you are making, look no further than our Children’s Stages and the very curious minds there that are just beginning to express their own love for reading.
The National Book Festival is a true celebration of reading—a place where best-selling authors connect with fans, readers discover new writers and the power of storytelling carries the day. Your membership in the Booklovers Circle helps to ensure the National Book Festival’s bright future, but most immediately, it guarantees you exclusive access to an event that simply can’t be missed.
For more information on supporting the festival, contact Tom Shaw by phone (202) 707-1550 or email at tsha[at]loc[dot]gov
The 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which is free for everyone, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 1. The festival is made possible by the generosity of sponsors. You too can support the festival by making a gift now.