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|Library of Congress Commences “Celebration of the Book”|
|News Releases - Media & Communications|
|Written by Guy Lamolinara|
|Friday, 18 May 2012 13:45|
May 16, 2012
“Books That Shaped America” Exhibition to Begin Project
The “Books That Shaped America” exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Library is closed on Sundays and federal holidays.
The Library’s “Celebration of the Book” includes its 12th annual National Book Festival, which will be held Sept. 22-23 on the National Mall. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of book lovers each year.
“The ‘Celebration of the Book’ at the Library of Congress demonstrates our recognition of books as the cornerstones of American culture and democracy,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “We want to involve all Americans in a conversation about books and how they have affected them.”
The Library of Congress, with collections that are universal and comprise all media, has a long history of acknowledging the importance of books. It sponsors book symposia and author discussions, held year-round; exhibitions, such as the display of Thomas Jefferson’s Library, which formed the “seed” of today’s Library of Congress; and its annual National Book Festival.
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