The following is a guest post by Mary Oey in the Conservation Division at the Library of Congress.
For those of you whose childhood local public library did not have a copy of the original Be Kind to Books Club poster, the posters that the Library will have at the Festival are a fresh new series designed by Lucy Jakub, a 2015 Library of Congress Junior Fellow in the Conservation Division.My charge to her at the start of the summer: design posters with a library preservation message targeted at kids especially for use in schools and public libraries. But the posters couldn’t be too big (they’re 11 x 17″) – we wanted to put the image files online for free downloading so libraries, schools, and households could easily print them on their own. And they had to highlight items from the Library’s collections.
Lucy enthusiastically took on this challenge and ran with it all the way to what you see here. She was inspired by the work of WPA artist Arlington Gregg and also by the Library’s digitized Classics on Read.gov. On the way to reminding us that “Books don’t bend backward!” and to “Read with clean hands!”, she also learned more than I think she expected about preservation, copyright, public domain, artists, authors, and the Library of Congress.
You’ll learn about all those things and more, too, at the National Book Festival. And maybe you’ll get a poster. Or a bookmark. At the very least, inspiration. See you there!