The Library of Congress hosted its 12th annual National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C., over the weekend. Team OverDrive and the Digital Bookmobile were there in full effect, showcasing libraries and eBooks to thousands of eager visitors.
Over the two-day festival, well over 5,000 readers toured the Digital Bookmobile. We even had a special guest appearance by Dr. James Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress. Engaging with the interactive exhibits aboard the 74-foot-long tractor-trailer, visitors learned how to take advantage of digital offerings from libraries in the D.C. area, throughout the United States and around the globe.
We had several librarians pass through the Bookmobile, and I spoke with a few library patrons who were looking for ways to access quality content without having to leave their homes. From children just learning how to read to adults looking to expand their knowledge, readers of all ages visited the truck. Without a doubt, the Digital Bookmobile was one of the most popular attractions at the festival.
In the shadow of the Washington Monument, amidst so many great authors (David Levithan! Margot Livesey! Christopher Paolini!), the Digital Bookmobile showcased the efforts libraries are making to connect patrons with digital content. The event supported the mission of the Library of Congress—to encourage the written word. Read, write and believe in documents new and old that continue to shape the direction of the world. Or, in the words of our CEO, Steve Potash, “See Book, Read Book.”
See you next year on the National Mall!
Jason Sockel is a Collection Development Specialist at OverDrive.