Meet Your Favorite Children’s and Teen Authors at the National Book Festival!

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This is the inaugural post of my blog for youth services librarians. I’ll be posting a variety of articles for you but this first one is an announcement about an event that I love and try to attend every year – The National Book Festival in Washington D.C. sponsored by Library of Congress. It’s being held on Sept. 22 & 23, 2012 this year. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see, hear, and get autographs from some of today’s most popular authors. The Pavilion of States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, also salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories through each state’s Center for the Book.

Jazz by Walter Dean MyersThe book that the NJ is featuring in the Pavilion is “Jazz” by Walter Dean Myers (a Jersey City resident) to commemorate the designation of the Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University – Newark as a Literary Landmark on Nov. 7, 2012.

Each state’s table in the Pavilion also gives away fun stuff too. NJ always has salt-water taffy!

For a schedule of the authors appearing at the National Book Festival go to their website.

I’ll be there working NJ’s table in the Pavilion of States on Saturday and standing in long lines for autographs from some of my favorite authors (John Green, David Leviathan, Maggie Stiefvator, etc.). I hope to see you there!

About Sharon Rawlins

Sharon Rawlins is the Youth Services Specialist in Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library. She's a children's and teen librarian responsible for providing consulting assistance to the youth services librarians in public and school libraries in NJ.