Library of Congress

National Book Festival

2013 “A Book That Shaped Me” Writing Contest Awards Presentation
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12 p.m., National Mall, Washington, D.C.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest encourages rising fifth & sixth graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered through local public library systems in the Mid-Atlantic region. Top winners will read their essays and be honored during this special program at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Tales from the Young Readers Center: Hooper Helps Kids to Read
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 1:40 p.m., National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Jane Paley, author of “Hooper Finds a Family” will share the story of a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog that grows up to become a registered therapy dog and helps kids read! Hooper will be there, so be sure to come meet this furry friend of young readers during this special presentation in the Library of Congress pavilion at the National Book Festival.

2013 Summer Reading & Writing Event (West Virginia): Madelyn Rosenberg
Monday, August 5, 2013, 1 p.m., Martinsburg-Berkeley County (Main) Library, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Children’s author Madelyn Rosenberg’s books include “The Schmutzy Family,” a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for illustrated books, and “Happy Birthday, Tree,” which is on the Bank Street College best-of list for 2013. She will discuss “Canary in the Coal Mine,” her first middle-grade novel and the 2013 West Virginia state pick for the Library of Congress Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list.

During the program Madelyn will also encourage audience members to take part in the “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing contest presented by the Library of Congress and participating public libraries in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The event is hosted with Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries.

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries (external link)
Author, Madelyn Rosenberg (external link)

2013 Summer Reading & Writing Event (Virginia): Meg Medina
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 2 p.m., South Morrison Family & Education Center Library, Newport News, Va.

Meg Medina is a Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Her work examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her book “Tia Isa Wants a Car” is the 2013 Virginia state pick appearing on the Library of Congress Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list. Meg will discuss her book for middle schoolers entitled, “Milagros: Girl from Away,” and will share how to turn "real life" family stories into fiction.

During the program Meg will also encourage audience members to take part in the “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing contest presented by the Library of Congress and participating public libraries in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The event is hosted with Newport News Public Library System.

Newport News Public Library System (external link)
Author, Meg Medina (external link)

2013 Summer Reading & Writing Event (Delaware): Tony Varrato
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1 p.m., Dover Public Library, Dover, Del.

Educator and author Tony Varrato will discuss his most recent young-adult novel, "Fakie," and share his process for writing it. Tony is the author of three young-adult novels: "Fakie," "Outrage" and "One Last Scar." He also writes educational materials for the International Reading Association. When he's not writing, he teaches high school English in Georgetown, Del.

During the program Tony will also encourage audience members to take part in the “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest presented by the Library of Congress and participating public libraries in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The event is hosted with Dover Public Library.

Dover Public Library (external link)
Author, Tony Varrato (external link)

2013 Summer Reading & Writing Event (Maryland): Marc Tyler Nobleman
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 1 p.m., South Bowie Branch Library, Bowie, Md.

Marc Nobleman, author of more than 70 children's books, will talk to kids about his most recent book, "Bill, the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman." Marc will also share what books shaped him as a child and the influences in his life that helped him to become a successful writer. He will encourage audience members to take part in the “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing contest presented by the Library of Congress and participating public libraries in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The event is hosted with Prince George's County Memorial Library System.

South Bowie Branch Library (external link)
Author, Marc Tyler Nobleman (external link)

2013 Children's Book Week: Fred Bowen
Friday, May 17, 2013, 11 a.m., Montpelier Room, Library of Congress

Fred Bowen, author of many books on sports for young people and a columnist for The Washington Post’s KidsPost, told stories, read from his books and talked with members of the audience in a program that marked the Library’s celebration of Children’s Book Week. The program was supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund and marked the launch of the 2013 DC Public Library Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into Reading!” and the Library’s 2013 “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest – which has expanded to include libraries across the Mid-Atlantic region.

2013 “A Book That Shaped Me” Contest information

2012 “A Book That Shaped Me” Writing Contest Awards Presentation
Sunday, September 23, 2012, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest co-presented by the Library of Congress and DC Public Library encourages rising 5th & 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered as part of the DC Public Library 2012 summer reading program themed “Dream Big – Read!” and top winners will be honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September on the National Mall. The awards presentation will feature children’s author and KidsPost sportswriter Fred Bowen.

2012 Summer Reading Event: Marc Nobleman
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 1 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, Washington, D.C.

Marc Nobleman, author of more than 70 children's books, will talk to kids about his most recent book, Bill, the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. Marc will also share what books shaped him as a child and the influences in his life that helped him to become a successful writer. He will encourage audience members to take part in the “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing contest presented by the Library of Congress and DC Public Library.

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
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2012 Children's Book Week: Walter Dean Myers
Friday, May 11, 2012, 11 a.m., Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress

Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature 2012-2013 and a renowned author of books for young people, told stories, read from his books and talked with members of the audience in a program that marked the Library’s celebration of Children’s Book Week. The program was supported by the Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Fund and marked the launch of the 2012 DC Public Library Summer Reading Program, Dream Big - Read! Over 550 students were in attendance representing eight DC Collaborative for Change (DC3) schools, Deal Middle School, Capitol Hill Day School, and Thurgood Marshall Middle School.

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2011 Bookend Event: “Let’s Travel the World Through Books”
Friday, June 3, 2011, 10:30 a.m., Pickford Theater, Library of Congress

The summer reading kickoff featured National Football League linebacker Chris Draft — the author of “Do You Want to Play Catch” and a big fan of reading out loud — master storyteller Diane Macklin, and the student steel drum band from Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School. Readers in grades 3-5 from around the Washington area gathered at the Library for this morning of fun and reading.

2011 Event: “The Joys of Reading Aloud,”
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, 11 a.m., Young Reader's Center, Library of Congress

Library of Congress and Reading Is Fundamental celebrated the importance of reading aloud at a kick-off event in the Young Readers Center in the historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Children and their families listened to author Gloria Jean Pinkney read “Mirandy and Brother Wind,” illustrated by her husband Jerry Pinkney and written by Patricia McKissack.

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