2002 National Book Festival
For the second year Laura Bush, with the Library of Congress, is hosting
the National Book Festival, which will be held Saturday, October 12, 2002,
on the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol and the National Mall. The event is
free of charge.
Although America was changed forever after the first National Book Festival
September 8, 2001, Americans' desire to read and encourage their children
to read remains strong. This year's festival is an opportunity to reaffirm
America's love of reading and to share that enthusiasm with the next generation.
Building on the success of last year's inaugural festival, this year's event
will feature more than 70 award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers
from across the country. Book lovers of all ages will be treated to events
including author readings and book signings, appearances by children's storybook
characters and musical performances.
Laura Bush and the Library of Congress hope this year's National Book Festival
will once again encourage Americans to take advantage of the remarkable resources
for lifetime learning available in our nation's libraries, which play an important
role in the lives of young people and adults.
As a librarian and book enthusiast, Laura Bush has brought her love of books and
reading to Washington and the nation through the National Book Festival. Engaging
Americans, particularly children, in reading as a lifelong activity is a key aspect
of this effort. Mrs. Bush's interest in literary works was sparked at an early
age when her mother introduced her to books and reading at the local library in
Midland, Texas. Her love of education and reading guided her to a career as a Texas
public school teacher and librarian and still influences her today. Through her
Ready to Read, Ready to Learn initiative, Mrs. Bush encourages adults to read
and share books with their young children to prepare them for reading and learning
National Book Festival Web Site