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Teachers Welcome at the National Book Festival from the Library of Congress

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Teachers and school librarians! If you’re coming to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., this weekend, stop by the Library of Congress pavilion (download a map here) to say hello to the Library’s education staff.

Here are some of our planned activities:

Pick up a sticker to identify yourself as a teacher or a school librarian.

Plan your visit to the National Book Festival

Thank you gifts, while supplies last, to current subscribers of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Just show this message on your mobile device or bring a printed copy to the Educational Outreach table in the Library of Congress pavilion.

Fun, interactive primary source analysis. We’ll rotate the primary sources throughout the Festival, so stop by often.

Presentation by the Library’s Teacher-in-Residence exploring ways to “Discover the Power of Library of Congress Primary Sources …and Books.” Stop by the Library of Congress pavilion on Sunday from 12:20-12:50 to:

  • Experience a model activity demonstrating how Library of Congress primary sources can be used with literature to enhance learning outcomes for students
  • Generate ideas for using and adapting this strategy in your own setting
  • Learn how to access these and more free primary sources and teaching ideas through
  • Enter in a drawing to win a book from a Book Festival author

We’ll be tweeting about the Festival at the #NatBookFest and #edchat hashtags, so please join us.

Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress.

Let us know in the comments if you plan to stop by!

Comments (9)

  1. one of the bigest my wishes one days i can to visit library of congress and participant in national books festival

  2. Can wait to meet all the of the children’s authors

  3. September 20, 2012

    My 7th Grade Reading/English/Language Arts students will be earning a Homework grade for attending and/or researching the National Book Festival in Washington, DC this weekend and then writing a unified paragraph describing five NBF events in detail. They are currently learning how to distinguish between the Main Idea and the Supporting Details of a piece of informational prose. I am so proud of my awesome middle school readers!!!
    ~ Ms. McGrath

  4. I wish I could attend this great festival,but how?That is the question.I need to have more experience although I spent more than 30 years teaching English as a second language in my own country.But,now I live in San Antonio,TX.

  5. I, too, hope to be able to attend a National Book Festival at some time. What a fabulous time that will be those fortunate to live close enough to do so!
    OOooo- I want a sticker!… I want a thank you gift for subscribing!…I want to see the fun interactive primary sources that will be rotating!… AND
    I would love to access the information presented on Sunday by the Library’s Teacher-in-Residence exploring ways to “Discover the Power of Library of Congress Primary Sources …and Books.” Will there be a podcast of that?
    Or a link to the book backdrop that will be shared?
    Thank you for making resources for teaching with primary sources accessible for those of us so far away.

  6. Ms. McGrath, I hope your students enjoy their visit to the National Book Festival. Janet, the presentation you inquired about will not be filmed or broadcast, but Earnestine will be adapting from the “Book Backdrops” professional development activity published here: Those who want to attend, but cannot: take heart! many of the author talks will be available on the NBF website in the weeks after the Festival. Those who want to attend, but cannot: take heart! many of the author talks will be available on the NBF website in the weeks after the Festival. Let us know what your favorites are!

  7. I was wondering where we could find the pictures that were taken of us while we were visiting the Library of Congress Tent…someone told me that we could look for our photos on the website but I cannot find them anywhere…let me know. THANKS!


  8. Dear Cheryl- I have used that book backdrop several times at OK-TPS Teacher Institutes.
    it is always well received. Are there other places to find additional book backdrops?
    Thank you.

  9. Dear Janet,
    There are currently no other published book backdrops, but you could certainly construct your own, using that one as a model. One easy approach would be to select one or more books that match the theme in a Primary Source Set ( and select items from the set.
    Thanks for the feedback that it’s always well received!

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