October 2, 2014 American Girl Author Valerie Tripp to Deliver Anne Scott MacLeod Children's Literature Lecture

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Valerie Tripp, an author of the beloved “American Girl” books, which tells the stories of girls through United States history who are also depicted by a popular line of dolls, will deliver the biannual Anne Scott MacLeod Children’s Literature Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event, sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book in collaboration with the College of Information Studies of the University of Maryland, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Established in 1999 by the University of Maryland College of Information Science, the MacLeod lecture honors the work and passion of Anne MacLeod, a noted authority on children’s literature and a faculty member emerita of the University of Maryland. The MacLeod lecture is devoted to exposing scholarly issues associated with children’s literature to a broad audience.

Valerie Tripp is a prolific children’s book author, best known for her work with the American Girl book series. She graduated with honors from the first co-educational class at Yale University in 1973. In 1981 she received a master’s in education from Harvard University, where she focused on writing for young children and reading education. Tripp’s MacLeod lecture will address the topic “Challenging Assumptions.”

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” is a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading-promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit Read.gov.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its website at www.loc.gov.


PR 14-178
ISSN 0731-3527