My favorite place Washington, DC?

Easy: The Library of Congress.

I love the peace and quiet of the halls, the archways, the marble, the history. I love to browse the shelves of books and meander through the collections.

It’s a library and museum all in one, and every family should make a point to visit.  Children will stare wide-eyed at the regal columns, vast staircases, paintings, and the thousands of books.  Adults will do the same but understand the and appreciate shadows of the powerful people who have visited before them.

Last year, The Library of Congress hosted the National Book Festival Gala on the Friday before the National Book Festival. This year, The National Book Festival is a two-day event that takes place at the end of this month, September 24 and 25.

I had the opportunity to attend the Gala last year, and it was then that I fell in love with the building.  And I’ve returned several times since then.

These photos are my own, taken at the 2010 National Book Festival Gala.