Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Birthday


On June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Library of Congress Young Readers Center in the Thomas Jefferson Building will host a day for families that will celebrate Whitman and his legacy. Attend an author talk from 10 to 11 a.m., featuring author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Sterling Hundley discussing their book, “O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.” Enjoy a birthday party for Whitman at 11 a.m. Don’t miss the book signing at 11:15 a.m. A Whitman butterfly maker activity and handouts of “Walt Whitman’s Guide to Nature Walking” are available all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 1 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. loc.gov.