We booked a tour of the Library of Congress ahead of time with our congressperson (just go to your congressperson's website--do a websearch for it--and click on "Visiting the DC Area." Fill out a form with your dates of visit and attractions you wish to tour. A staff person will e-mail you back with times and tickets for your events. We arrived at the LOC and found our names on a tour list. Anyone gets the same tour, but if the line is long on a busy day, it's great to already have a spot reserved for you.)
We started in the Young Readers' Room (which is actually 3 linked rooms). A number of children's books (somewhich are early copies of books not yet published) and comfy chairs awaited my bibliophiles. My younger son's happiest moments were the hour he spent sitting and reading!
Our tour started with a short video. A guide took us on an hour long tour, using earpieces for all of us to hear her speak in the midst of many tourists and other groups. We saw the Guttenberg Bible (first Bible printed on moveable printing press), the LOC reading room, and the main entryway. She gave very informative and witty insight into the history of the LOC, its architecture, and the establishment of the collection. It was a little long at points, but was interesting and informative and free. There was also several million dollar map, which was the first one ever to include the name "America." They had an interesting exhibit on a few artifacts from the time of Columbus. We also enjoyed the gift shop.
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