In April 2006, the Library launched a literacy initiative, Lifelong Literacy, aimed at inspiring children and their families to adopt reading as a favorite pastime. The Web site pulls together the most fascinating items in the Library’s collections that pertain to reading and literacy. Now kids and their families can digitally turn the pages of such rare, priceless volumes as “The Arabian Nights,” ca. 1909; “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, ca. 1884; and “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum, ca. 1899, 1900.
An event not to be missed for book lovers young and old is the Library’s National Book Festival, which brings together acclaimed authors, poets and illustrators to discuss and sign copies of their latest works. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th Streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public. For a taste of what these celebrations of books and readings are all about, visit the National Book Festival Web site.