Polly Lasker and Gil Taylor at the Autumn Conservation Festival.
On Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010, Libraries staff members Polly Lasker and Gil Taylor (on Sunday, only) plus volunteer John Hejna (Polly’s husband), promoted the Libraries’ services at a booth during the annual Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) near Front Royal, Virginia.
In comfortable, crisp autumn weather in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, at least 150 people stopped by both days to talk about the Smithsonian, libraries and books. The visiting public enjoyed our popular free bookmarks each representing one of our 20 libraries, and were shown the kinds of services we offer via new technologies. Our iPad was a popular new device to demonstrate our digital efforts. Many folks were thrilled they could see entire books at home for free with the Biodiversity Heritage Library and our online exhibits. The latest Kindle e-book reader we brought along was a big hit, too.
More photos from the event, are available on the Libraries' Flickr.
—Polly Lasker & Gil Taylor