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Planning Ahead to Make the Most of Your Day

National Book Festival App

National Book Festival App

In the days left before the 2016 National Book Festival here in D.C., we’ll share some tips to make it easier for you to get to the big event and enjoy your day.

  • The first thing you should do is download our National Book Festival App. There’s a version for all smartphones, and you’ll find it to be a great way to plan your day. Use the tools to make a personal schedule from the hundreds of talks, book signings and special activities available to you during the day. Also, we’ll use the app to push late-breaking details and program changes, so it will be your most valuable tool. (And remember, the complete festival schedule is also available on our website.)
  • Next, plan your travel. The Washington Convention Center is pretty accessible between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place in downtown D.C., but be aware that there’s always a lot going on in our Nation’s Capital, and Sept. 24 is no exception. Here’s information from the Convention Center on parking and access.
  • If you plan to use Metro, the area’s subway, keep in mind that the system is undergoing extensive maintenance these days, which is likely to result in some track and station closings and delays. They list potential maintenance delays at this site and this one. If you’re going to use one of the affected lines, give yourself some extra time coming in.
  • Once you get here, you’ll notice that we’ve instituted safety-screening protocols that are designed to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable National Book Festival. You can enter using three entrances that will be open to the center (see the map), and your bags will be checked. There will be a few restrictions that you’ll need to keep in mind, but once you’re cleared, you’ll be able travel freely inside the center and enjoy your day.

In our next post on making the most of your day, we’ll share some tips about moving around here and there through the Washington Convention Center (it’s a big place), food options, books on sale, activities and more.

4 Comments

  1. Son Ron
    September 11, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Mostly interested in children’s stories and books. Please post them if you will. Thanks. SR.

  2. John Sayers
    September 13, 2016 at 9:09 am

    There are two Children’s stages at this year’s event, and one dedicated to Teens. Here is the full schedule for all stages: //loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/. In addition, there will be family-friendly activities supplied by our sponsors near the two Children’s stages on the Expo Floor.

  3. Karen
    September 23, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Can I bring in food? I don’t want to waste an hour in line for expensive, poor tasting food.

  4. John Sayers
    September 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Actually, Karen, we think the Convention Center fare is pretty darned tasty. Here’s a list of the vendors: //blogs.loc.gov/national-book-festival/2016/09/tips-to-make-the-most-of-your-day/

    But you’re welcome to bring your own food. Keep in mind that all bags will be checked upon entry to the Convention Center.

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