Children are among those who will benefit from a day of educational and interactive programming during the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. (Courtesy of National Book Festival)
Children are among those who will benefit from a day of educational and interactive programming during the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. (Courtesy of National Book Festival)

The 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival returns with all of the amazing components and participants that continue to make this event one you don’t want to miss. Once again, event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW), Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can expect enhanced safety and security measures upon entering the Convention Center.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., more than 140 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations on stages dedicated to kids, fiction, history, biography, poetry, science and more. Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the festival. A main stage of 4,000 seats will feature seven of the most popular festival authors.

The exposition floor on the lower level of the Convention Center will offer a wide array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages with families at the targeted audience.

Apple and Android users can make their plans, bookmark the authors they want to see, navigate the Festival and set up a personalized schedule with a National Book Festival app for smartphones. Food options and ASL interpreting services will be provided at all author stages during scheduled events along with assistive listening devices, large-print programs, braille programs and other special services.

Keep up with the latest news on the Library of Congress National Book Festival through the following means: subscribe to the National Book Festival email alert service; follow the National Book Festival Blog; follow the Library on Twitter @LibraryCongress; follow the hashtag #NatBookFest; or find the event on the Library’s Facebook page.

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