Visit Us at the National Book Festival This Saturday

Are you coming to the 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival? It’s this Saturday, September 2nd at the Washington Convention Center.  We hope you will come and see the more than 100 authors, illustrators, and poets  who are speaking this year. But we also hope you will stop in and visit us in the Kids & Teachers – Read and Learn area in the Expo Hall. We’ll have activities for all ages, all day.

Here are just a few:

  • Join us at 1:30pm for a workshop with the award-winning author Jack Gantos on using a journal to spur writing.
  • Take a picture with Thomas Jefferson.
  • See some teen and children’s books that will be featured at the festival.
  • Learn more about our resources for teachers.

Download the Children’s Guide to the National Book Festival and get the schedule of authors for children and teens, find a scavenger hunt to use at the festival, and learn about the other events that will be happening at the festival. Kids can learn how to create a maze, hear from our new student poets, and find out about the Library’s comic book collection.

We can’t wait to see all of you on Saturday!

Five Questions with Kaleena Black, Educational Resource Specialist, Library of Congress Educational Outreach Team

I manage the Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, which brings undergraduate and graduate students to work on an array of projects across the Library for 10 weeks. I am also involved in the Library’s social media initiative as the manager of the Twitter page for the World Digital Library. WDL is an international initiative that partners with institutions worldwide to provide free access to digitized historical and cultural treasures from around the world. (We also tweet in seven languages!)

Thomas Jefferson and the 1811 Constitution Day Eclipse

As Americans anxiously await next week’s total eclipse of the sun, many are making plans not only to observe it, but also to record their observations in order to calculate their longitude.

Or maybe not…But in 1811, when the solar eclipse that occurred on Constitution Day was visible in central Virginia, that is exactly what Thomas Jefferson did.

Five Questions with Monica Valentine, Serials Technician, US Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Division and Program Specialist, Young Readers Center, Library of Congress

I also work in the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (YRC) on a part-time basis. We welcome children and families who are visiting the Library, as well as groups of K-12 students, and assist them in using our diverse collection of nearly 7,000 books for young people. I assist in coordinating special events for kids, including children’s author talks, many of which are now live streamed and accessible to students anywhere.

Five Questions with Sahr Conway-Lanz, Modern American Historian, Library of Congress Manuscript Division

As one of the historians in the Manuscript Division, one of Sahr Conway-Lanz’s primary responsibilities is collecting archival materials that document the foreign policy and military history of the twentieth and twenty-first century United States.