The Young Readers Center will host a family day to celebrate Walt Whitman’s legacy on June 1 in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Please join us and invite your students and friends! This event will be recorded and made available on the Library’s YouTube channel. 

Register for the free event here.

Schedule of Festivities

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Sterling Hundley discuss their children’s book

O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Signed books are available for purchase and personalization

11 a.m.

Birthday party for Whitman

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participate in the Library’s crowdsourcing initiative “By the People” and help transcribe selections from Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online. Find out more here:

All Day

Write Whitman-inspired poetry, make a butterfly as seen in this 1873 photo, and learn how to take nature walks like Walt Whitman.

Please request ADA accommodations at least 5 days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or

Find out more about other Library of Congress Walt Whitman events here:

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