The love of reading crosses all boundaries, appealing to people of all ages, races, genders, and walks of life. For hundreds of years, readers have opened books to learn about history or science or to discover new, imaginary worlds. Books have furnished inspiration, excitement, and relaxation. The possibilities are limitless.
Within our collections, I found visual representations of people reading from five hundred years ago on up through the modern day. A lifelong love of books and visual materials put me on the path to my job at the Library of Congress. A similar passion for the written word as well as colorfully illustrated books and graphic novels will draw tens of thousands to the Library of Congress National Book Festival this weekend here in Washington, D.C.
Witness the desire to read over the centuries through the images below, and hopefully be inspired to pick up your next book and if you are in the area, to join us at the festival!
- Browse more images of people reading in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Find out all about the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival this Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Over 100 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, read more about how to attend this free festival and join the fun.
- View webcasts of author presentations from previous years and watch that page for the webcasts from this year’s festival in the coming months.
- Listen to podcasts both from previous book festivals as well as chats with some of this year’s featured authors.
- Keep up with the latest news through the blog of the National Book Festival.