Event | Special Events Walt Whitman's Birthday Party

Date and Location

  • When: Saturday, June 1, 2019

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Young Readers Center

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Changemakers

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]

The Young Readers Center will host a day for families that will celebrate Whitman and his legacy. Activities will include an author talk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., featuring author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Sterling Hundley discussing their book “O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War;” a birthday party for Whitman at 11 a.m.; and a book signing at 11:15 a.m. A Whitman butterfly maker activity and handouts of “Walt Whitman’s Guide to Nature Walking” will be available all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., visiting families are also invited to participate in the Library’s crowdsourcing initiative “By the People” and help transcribe selections from Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online.

Contact: (202) 707-0956.