FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jackson, MS – Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper will join Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, and Speaker Philip Gunn for the opening event of the Mississippi Book Festival in the Old Supreme Court room of the Mississippi State Capitol.

Starting at 9:30, Congressman Harper will conduct an interview of his special guest, Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress. This event will be broadcast live on CSPAN and will take place in the same venue. General Public may enter 8:15 a.m. to be seated.

Members of the media will have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Hayden and Congressman Harper starting at 10:30 a.m.

About the Librarian of Congress: Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Her appointment to this position also marked the first time our nation’s library has been led by a woman and an African-American. Dr. Hayden is a Librarian’s Librarian, dedicating her entire career to pursuing the accessibility of libraries in communities. In her short time leading the Library, Dr. Hayden has already demonstrated her commitment to continuing the tradition of collecting, preserving, and making available a vast collection of educational resources and protecting these collections for future generations.

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