National Book Festival Attracts 120,000 Readers
The National Mall in Washington, D.C. played host to the National Book Festival yesterday. Aimed at children, the event was full of author readings and signings, as well as appearences by big fuzzy versions of kid-lit favorites like Curious George, Clifford, and WordGirl. Also, literary icons such as Salman Rushdie mande an appearance (I guess Haroun and the Sea of Stories was a children's book).
The Library of Congress took the opportunity to unveila preview of the World Digital Library, a multilingual document database scheduled for launch next year.
The 2008 National Book Festival marked the last year the event was hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. She and her daughter Jenna Bush also presented as co-authors of the children's book "Read All About It!" "The National Book Festival is a joyous celebration of reading and an inspiration for new generations of creativity," said Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress. "We are grateful to Mrs. Bush for making this a signature event in the nation's capital for the last eight years. Her love of reading has inspired millions to enjoy the Library of Congress in Washington and online and to use their own hometown libraries everywhere."