[August 31] The RI Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) joined the RI Center for the Book to represent Rhode Island in the Parade of States at the 19th Annual National Book Festival on August 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The festival drew over 10,000 people to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors, and a record-setting 5,000 people attended a talk by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the main stage.
In the Parade of States, representatives from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories share table-top displays celebrating their states' literary history, and promoting statewide programs including Centers for the Book and state library agencies. Children can visit each state to get a stamp on their "passport" to learn about the different states, and earn a prize for a completed passport. The Parade of States is made possible by the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the National Endowment of the Humanities. As part of this event, each state also selects a book to represent the literary heritage of their state for the "Great Reads About Great Places" book list. Rhode Island's 2019 selection is Caldecott Honor Book Thank You Omu by Providence author and illustrator Oge Mora.