OLIS along with the RI Center for the Book participated in the Pavilion of the States at the 16th Annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Washington D.C.
For many families, the Pavilion of the States is the most popular area, supported for the sixteenth year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Pavilion of the States salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. Representatives from state libraries and Centers for the Book provided information and answered questions about their state's authors, libraries, book festivals, book awards, and reading promotion activities. Thousands of children raced to each state table getting state stamps on their maps of America. IMLS awarded a prize to each person who successfully filled the entire map.
At the Rhode Island exhibit, visitors picked up several giveaway items promoting the Ocean State including tourism books, RI Red pins and RI Center for the Book backpacks. Visitors learned about a variety programs by the RI Center for the Book and OLIS including, Reading Across Rhode Island, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, the statewide Summer Reading Program, Letters About Literature, and children’s authors and illustrators from Rhode Island.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama acted as honorary chairs of the free festival, which was sponsored by the Library of Congress.
Visit the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival website to hear and see podcasts and webcasts featuring the 2016 authors.