Daytime and Bedtime Stories

If the Library of Congress were a person, she’d be one of the smartest humans alive, bursting with book and movie suggestions to fill August days and nights. That’s why these two festivals, courtesy of Library of Congress’ repositories of knowledge, are highly recommended.   

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What to watch

On Thursday evenings through August 16th, the Library of Congress will be hosting the Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill on the north lawn of the Jefferson Building. Movies are picked from the National Film Registry, a collection of films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. On August 9th is “Superman” and on August 16th, “The Wizard of Oz” will be shown.

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What to read

It’s the start of the official #NatBookFest when doors open at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 1. Authors will be everywhere, over 100 of them speaking, signing and mingling. A few people in attendance are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s (who has a new children’s book), E. Annie Proulx, Isabel Allende, and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright. The festival is a family affair with age-appropriate stages for children, teens, and adults.