Columbus Day Open House at the Library of Congress

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Looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids on Columbus Day? Well, if you live in the DMV, you’re in luck! The Library of Congress will host an open house event on Monday, October 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in their Main Reading Room. The Library of Congress is one of our national treasures, home to the world’s largest collection of books, manuscripts, photographs and recordings. It also supports Congress in its research aims.

The Library normally is open to the public who are at least 16 years of age and who possess a reader registration card. But on Columbus Day, the Library’s Main Reading Room will be open to everyone. This will be a perfect opportunity for your children to learn about the Library’s vast collections, including services and resources for genealogy research. Reference librarians will be on hand to demonstrate the Library’s online resources and to answer questions.

The Library’s Young Reader Center will be open and Miss Delaware Collegiate America 2013 will be conducting a read-a-loud to children at 11 a.m. in the Main Reading Room.

To learn more about the Main Reading Room Open House at the Library of Congress, read about it here.

Follow @librarycongress on Twitter. http://www.read.gov/

Baltimore Book Festival This Weekend!

If you live in the DMV and have never been to the Baltimore Book Festival, then you need to head to Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood this weekend to see what the fuss is all about.

From author appearances and book signings, to cooking demos, open mic opportunities, historical tours, storytelling, street performances, music and food, there is something for everyone at the Baltimore Book Festival.

This year’s author lineup includes “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice (Fabulicious: Fast & Fit); Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi (Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power); bestselling author Ann Hood (The Knitting Circle); Laura Lippman (And When She Was Good) and Jessica Anya Blau (The Summer of Naked Swim Parties).

To check out the full lineup of authors, performances and events (including the City Paper’s super cool Book Swap), check out the Baltimore Book Festival’s website.

Check out these highlights from last year’s Baltimore Book Festival…

Follow @BmoreBookFest on Twitter, hashtag #2012BBF.

Residency Applications for The Millay Colony for the Arts – Deadline Oct. 1

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers residency opportunities for writers, artists and composers. Named for writer Edna St. Vincent Millay, the artists’ colony is located next to the Millay estate in Austerlitz, NY (about 2.5 hours outside of NYC).

Visiting artists have access to a private studio, room and board, and are provided a small subsidy to help with travel costs. This experience affords the artist an opportunity to experience creative collaboration and development supported by other artists from across the country.

To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania, and should apply online the Millay Colony. www.millaycolony.org

Application Deadline: October 1, 2012

Source: The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

National Book Festival This Weekend!

There’s no better way to kick off fall than with the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival! The event, now in its 12th year, features over 100 authors, poets and illustrators on the National Mall. There are events for just about everyone from children and teens, to history buffs, foodies, poetry lovers and more.
The National Book Festival kicks off today at 10 a.m. and ends tomorrow evening. For those of you in the DMV area, getting to the National Book Festival is quite easy via Metro. The National Mall is only steps away from the Orange Line’s Smithsonian Metro Stop.