National Book Festival

Since 2003, the Junior League of Washington (JLW) has supported the Library of Congress National Book Festival by providing a stable of trained volunteers who help welcome tens and thousands of book lovers to the one-day fair each year.  

JLW volunteers can be found helping book fans meet their favorite authors in the book-signing lines, helping librarians from around the country at the Parade of the States, guiding guests to their new favorite books in the book sales tent, and throughout the festival grounds. (Click here to watch a short video of how JLW supports the festival.)

Since our partnership with the Library of Congress began 16 years ago, more than 6,480 JLW volunteers have provided 42,327 volunteer hours to the NBF – totaling more than $1.35 million in in-kind support. In 2018, 300 volunteers donated over 2,000 hours to support the festival.

From its original home on the National Mall to its current location in the Washington Convention Center, the National Book Festival celebrates reading and features dozens of celebrated authors each year. JLW enjoys a special connection to the festival through Junior League of Dallas member and former First Lady Laura Bush, who launched the festival alongside the Library of Congress in 2001.

The 2019 National Book Festival will be held on Saturday, August 31. We hope to see you there!