Press contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217; Paul Crichton, Simon & Schuster (212) 698-2809
Public contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221

June 11, 2013

Jill Biden to Read to Schoolchildren from Military Families at Library of Congress

She Will Read “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops”

Jill Biden will give a public reading of her book, "Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops," at the Library of Congress on Thursday, June 13, at 11 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Her reading will be part of a program aimed at supporting children of military families.

Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator and an active member of her community. She has worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future and to raise awareness of issues with particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention. She also teaches English full-time at a community college in Northern Virginia.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Those wishing to attend must send an email, stating how many will attend, to rasa@loc.gov. This event is also open to the press, but an RSVP is required. Media wishing to attend must email glam@loc.gov.

This Books & Beyond for Young People event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Since its creation by Congress in 1977 to "stimulate public interest in books and reading," the Center for the Book (www.Read.gov/cfb/) has become a national force for reading and literacy promotion. A public-private partnership, it sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages, nationally and internationally. The center provides leadership for affiliated state centers for the book (including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and nonprofit reading- promotion partners and plays a key role in the annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. It also oversees the Library’s Read.gov website and administers the Library’s Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center.

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PR 13-118
06/11/13
ISSN 0731-3527

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