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Elizabeth Lauten was born and bred in eastern North Carolina, and is currently a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill as well as a media consultant at Audeamus Communications in Washington, D.C., developing communications plans for clients ranging from political campaigns to TV show pilots. When she’s not busy working her 9-5, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for the Junior League of Washington or shopping along the streets of Georgetown or working at the local Lilly Pulitzer store, Pink Palm.

Library Of Congress’ National Book Festival Supported By Junior League of Washington

Join hundreds of thousands of bibliophiles from across the country as they flock to the nation’s capital for one of the most exciting literary events of the year–the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival (NBF).

National Book Festival

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

Created 14 years ago, NBF is an annual celebration of books, reading and literature. Last year alone, an estimated 200,000 book-lovers gathered on the National Mall for the first-ever two-day National Book Festival.

Responding to last year’s success, the Festival will once again be a two day festivity, Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23.

But the Library of Congress can’t pull off such an amazing festival as this alone. For that they have hundreds of volunteers – namely the Junior League of Washington(JLW).

JLW will kick off its centennial year by playing a major role at the NBF, providing more than 550 member volunteers to staff the event for the eleventh consecutive year. In 1999, the JLW established literacy as its focus area and stated, “The Junior League of Washington will strive to lead, coordinate and support programs in the metropolitan Washington, DC area that enhance the literacy skills in the community.” Supporting the National Book Festival is a natural extension of the JLW’s focus on literacy.

(JLW ladies volunteer at the 2011 NBF.
Photo Credit: The Junior League of Washington)

They’ll join the Library of Congress and together, they’ll pull off one of the most exciting family-friendly events D.C. has to offer.

The 2012 National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to various categories of literature. Festival attendees can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters, and participate in a variety of learning activities.

With such an exciting roster planned, the festival promises once again to draw ten of thousands of attendees!

(JLW volunteers
Photo Credit: Junior League of Washington)

For a full schedule of participating authors and events, click here. Get up-to-the-minute updated by following the Library of Congress on Twitter @LibraryCongress (#NatBookFest).

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine.

National Mall (between 9th and 14th Streets)

TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public.

DRESS: Casual, in good walking shoes

TIP: Wandering around the festival with a question? Look for a JLW lady in a pink shirt for assistance

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