May 10 and 11, 2013
It is important that you plan ahead so that you can make the most of your time at the Book Fair because there will be 240 booths for you to visit and 80 workshops you could attend. Study our list of Exhibitors and start thinking about the exhibitors you really need to visit. Don't forget to view the exhibitor categories on the right if you are looking for a particular kind of material. Study the Workshop Program. Read about our Speakers.
This feature will really be helpful when you are finding your way to the Book Fair. You can bookmark our mobile website as a home screen icon on your mobile device. Then when driving to the Arlington Convention Center, your passenger can have quick access to Google maps to read you turn-by-turn directions. No need to type in cumbersome "to" and "from" addresses. Google maps can direct you from wherever you are to the Arlington Convention Center.
Plan to come both days of the Book Fair. There are too many workshops and products for you to see in one day. That's why the registration fee is the same whether you attend one or both days. Saturday is always less crowded than Friday. If you come both days, spend Friday attending workshops and looking at books. Pick up catalogs. Go home and prepare a list of what you want to buy. Come back Saturday and buy or order what you need.
There is no child care so please leave your small children at home with a family member or friend. Otherwise, it will be a long, tiring day for them, and you won't be able to accomplish much if they require a lot of your attention. LOST CHILDREN: go to the Information Booth inside the Exhibit Hall (Entrance 1) to report a lost child. Lost children are kept there until their parents come get them.
To reduce congestion in the Exhibit Hall and elsewhere, we ask that no wheeled conveyances be used inside the Arlington Convention Center. Parents may wheel their strollers into the Arlington Convention Center. As soon as they enter, they will be asked to check their strollers in the Check Room and leave them there for the day. When they are ready to leave, they may remove their checked strollers from the Check Room and stroll their little ones out to the parking lot. The same holds true for other wheeled vehicles. Exceptions are made for wheelchairs and other such devices for the disabled.
Great food is sold throughout the Arlington Convention Center, so don't bother to bring a sack lunch. Also the Center does NOT permit food brought from outside to be consumed inside the building, and they do NOT have adequate picnicking facilities outside.