If you don’t know the name Dwayne Betts, you should.
Betts is a native of Suitland, Md. and author of A Question of Freedom and a recent collection of poems. He is currently at Harvard on fellowship working on a non-fiction work about the criminal justice system. Betts has been featured in the pages of national newspapers and magazines and featured on national television. The young family man is an emerging voice in American letters.
Tomorrow evening, Friday, October 14th, he will speak along with The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisa Coates at the Folger Elizabeth Library at 201 East Capitol Street SE. E. Ethelbert Miller will moderate. Tickets are only $15 (if you call on the phone — 202.544.7707).
See you there.
The Library of Congress in Washington is seeking volunteers for its fall
2011 docent program. Docents are trained in a 14-week program that begins
Aug. 30. More than 300 volunteers at the Library of Congress greet and
provide tours to its 1.7 million annual visitors.
Docents learn how to lead tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building and
answer questions about the library’s collection. Volunteers who complete
the program generally work one four-hour shift per week, which might be
two two-hour tours. Interested parties can learn more and apply online.
The positions are unpaid, but perks include eligibility for free parking,
a discount in the library’s gift store and free flu shots.
Of course, to be a docent at the Library of Congress, you have to be in
To best serve the more than 1.7 million visitors who come each year, eager
to view the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building and learn about the
treasures it contains, the Library’s Visitor Services Office relies on
nearly 300 volunteers to greet the visitors and help them plan their
visits, guide researchers, and provide tours. There are three different
Each fall, the Library’s Visitor Services Office conducts an extensive
16-week training program designed to equip volunteer docents with the
information and skills necessary to lead tours of the Library’s historic
Thomas Jefferson building. The classes are presented by Library staff as
well as experts from outside the Library.
The curriculum covers all aspects of the Library and prepares docents to
give interesting and informative tours. The curriculum focuses on the
Library’s past, present and future; its organization and infrastructure;
its curatorial divisions and programs; the care and use of its
collections; and the art and architecture of the Thomas Jefferson
Classes are conducted twice weekly, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Upon completion of the classroom training, each
docent-in-training will give a qualifying tour of the Thomas Jefferson
Building. After qualification, docents are expected to commit to a weekly
half-day shift for a period of three years (including the training).
Apply to be a Docent : http://www.loc.gov/visit/volunteers/form_docent.php
H/T to H-DC & Historic Washington Listservs & LA Times Jacket Copy
Friends of Southeast Library are having the March book sale this Saturday, March 12th from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Hundreds of new books have been donated the February sale where I grabbed up a DC classic for a cool $1. The Southeast Library is located at t 7th and D Streets, SE (403 7th Street SE), right across the street from the Eastern Market metro station.
THE WASHINGTON ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
March 4 & 5, 2011
Rare Books, Maps, Prints, Autographs and More
Presented by 75 Distinguished Dealers
Friday, March 4 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
$14 for opening night reception and both days
Saturday, March 5:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
$8 for Saturday only
Located at Holiday Inn Roslyn at Key Bridge – 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209. 703.807.2000 Metro: Roslyn (Blue/Orange Line)
From the Paris Review here