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July 29, 1997

Library of Congress To Participate in Fourth Annual Washington International Antiquarian Book Fair

"Books That Shaped America," a 16-panel traveling exhibit developed jointly by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book, its Publishing Office, and SIRS Inc., will be featured on September 18-20, at the Fourth Annual Washington International Antiquarian Book Fair. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the fair will be held in the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, 900 Ninth Street N.W. More than 80 North American book dealers will exhibit and offer for sale a wide variety of books, manuscripts, prints and maps. Admission is $10 on Sept. 18 (good for all three days) and $5 per day on Sept. 19 and 20.

"The Library of Congress is delighted to be part of this fair," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "In addition to exhibiting and distributing Center for the Book and other Library of Congress promotional materials, our Sales Shop will be selling LC books and collection- related products." The Center for the Book also will be promoting "Building a Nation of Readers," its national reading promotion theme for 1997-2000.

The "Books That Shaped America" exhibit is one of 12 thematic panel displays available in the "SIRS Library of Congress Corner" portfolio series produced by SIRS Inc., P.O. Box 2348, Boca Raton, FL 33427-2348, phone (800) 232- SIRS, fax (407) 994-4704. Each display features items reproduced from the Library collections, accompanied by textual descriptions as appropriate.

A special Web site for the Washington International Book Fair has been established. It presents current information about the show and related events, along with a full directory of participating booksellers.

The Center for the Book was established by law in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For further information, visit the center on the World Wide Web at:

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PR 97-125
ISSN 0731-3527

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