If you love to read, Maryland is a pretty great place to be. The state is home to some beautiful and historic libraries (including the George Peabody Library) and is easily accessible to a plethora of world-class book festivals and events that are sure to satisfy any literature-lover. If you resolved to read more in 2016 then these nearby places and events will make it easy to find inspiring work that will encourage you to meet your goal.
Love Reading? You’ll Love This List of Things to Do in 2016
Visit the library of congress
In addition to housing an incredible collection of historically significant texts and documents, the Library of Congress also frequently hosts a wide range of events and programs, many of which are free. From book readings and signings to classical music concerts, it’s worth keeping an eye on their calendar of events to find something that piques your interest.
Attend the National Book Festival
Every year in September, tens of thousands of book lovers descend on Washington, D.C. for the National Book Festival, which is hosted by the Library of Congress. This year’s event will be held on September 24th from 10 am-10 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. All programs will be free and the event will feature such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, and Stephen King.
Spend a day at the Enoch Pratt Library
The central branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Library system was built in 1882 and has remained a beloved institution for over a century.In 2010, more than 2 million visitors made their way to the library to read, learn, and spend time in the beautiful historic building. The library also offers an innovative program that allows youth to pay down library fines by reading more books. That’s what we call a win-win! The library’s appeal goes beyond their incredible collection of literature as they also offer a variety of events ranging from computer literacy courses to poetry contests and book signings.