Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

August 4, 1997

Library of Congress To Participate in "New York Is Book Country" Book Fair

For the fifth straight year, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will participate in "New York Is Book Country," one of the nation's largest and busiest book fairs. On Sunday, Sept. 21, on Fifth Avenue between 48th and 57th Streets, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the center will share exhibit booths with two of its reading promotion partners: Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). More than 250,000 book lovers are expected to attend.

Center for the Book staff members will distribute information and answer questions about the Library of Congress and the Center for the Book at both booths. A highlight at the Center for the Book/FOLUSA booth will be a "readathon" featuring celebrities but also including fair goers. The Center for the Book and AIGA will be presenting the 1996 "50 Books/50 Covers" exhibition of award-winning books and book covers to the general public for the first time. These books and covers will be available as part of a traveling exhibit later in the year.

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 97-126
ISSN 0731-3527

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