Organizations & Groups

2020 festival Organizations & Groups coming soon!



See below for 2019 festival

“The Kensington Community is so fortunate to have its very own celebration for books!  Every Spring we re-connect with our community to meet new authors, enjoy fabulous music and talk books!  The festival provides the Kensington Park Friends of the Library volunteers an opportunity to share library news with community book-lovers.”
– Liz Brennan, Former President, Kensington Park Friends of the Library


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The Kensington Day of the Book Festival joins with members of the Casal Catala of Washington DC in celebrating the Catalan origins of the Day of the Book. Visit their tent on Howard Ave near Armory Ave.   Read a history of the “Day of the Book”  here


Kensington Park Friends of the Library


Established in 2012 to support a public library that meets our community’s needs, KPFOL offers free literary talks and events. Member dues and donations provide support and materials for the library. FOL KP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Our mission is to encourage and support the comprehensive integration of high quality mindfulness-based social and emotional learning programs in elementary schools to improve student well-being and create kinder, more inclusive school climates.


Federal Poets  
THE FEDERAL POETS is the oldest continuously active poetry group in the Washington D.C. area. First convened in 1944, it is open to everyone.
Members of the Federal Poets meet at the Tenley Public Library on the third Saturday of every month to read, analyze and discuss their poetry.  Visitors are always welcome. Please visit our website for more information.

Poets from the Federal Poets will be reading at the Poetry Stage (time tba).  The Poetry Stage is on Howard Ave west of Fawcett St.  Don’t miss it!

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DC-Area Literary Translators Network  (DC-ALT) 
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Welcome to DC-ALT, a network for literary translators in the Washington, D.C., area. Our group is open to anyone with an interest in literary translation to/from any language.  Our mission is to foster a community of literary translators and to promote the art of literary translation in the greater Washington, DC, area.  

Poets from DC-ALT will be reading at the Poetry Stage (time tba).  The Poetry Stage is on Howard Ave west of Fawcett St.  Don’t miss it!


Mystery Writers of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter


Mystery Writers of America, Inc. was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre.

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Maryland Writers Association – Montgomery County Chapter

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MWA-Montgomery is an affiliate of the Maryland Writers Association (MWA), a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art, business, and craft of writing. Our group strives to create a safe and supportive community where both published and unpublished writers can come together in fellowship to learn from one another, grow, network, and realize their writing dreams.



Friends of Catalonia in the US and Catalan National Assembly

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Did you know that April 23 – also known as St. George’s Day is celebrated in Catalonia as the Day of Love, Literature and Catalan Culture?”
We are Friends of Catalonia in the US, a group of Catalans and sympathizers that celebrate the Catalan nation, its culture and traditions, and are keen to explain what is happening in Catalonia today. One of our most beloved traditions is St. George’s Day, the day of the book and the rose, a day when the most wonderful book fairs take place all over Catalonia. Catalans celebrate the day by gifting books and roses to friends and loved ones and by the end of the day, some six million roses will have been given away and more than 800,000 books purchased. Come and visit us so we can tell you more about this amazing tradition and Catalonia! We will have a lot of information and fantastic books on our nation (in English) for you to purchase. We will also have an exchange of books in Catalan! Join us!

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The Villages of Kensington (VoK) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of neighbors connecting with neighbors. We formalize, expand and enhance the neighborly supports and networks already in place in some Kensington locations.

VoK develops a calendar of social activities each month for Kensington residents. We are cultivating interest groups among our membership and linking neighbors with similar interests.  We also work to include a variety of outings adapted to member requests.

Then when there are times when VoK members need a hand doing an errand or chore, our vetted & trained volunteers can help.  It could be help with a ride to the doctor, a friendly visit, or help with chores.  It could entail picking up a few items at the supermarket or someone to accompany you to a healthcare appointment.

VoK supports the intergenerational quality-of-life needs of all residents in Kensington, Maryland (20895).

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Every child deserves to know that they matter.  When Comfort Cases provides a case to a child in need, we not only offer them new items that they can keep during their journey, we also provide them with dignity and the notion that someone cares about what they are going through.


The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.

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The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference was founded in 1996 to commemorate the 100th birthday of celebrated American author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose paternal ancestors were from Montgomery County, Maryland; Fitzgerald is buried, along with his wife Zelda and his daughter Scottie, in the cemetery of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Rockville, Maryland.

Its announced purposes are 1. To honor the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and to honor prominent American fiction writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and other literary figures and artists; 2. To enhance the literary arts by conducting an annual event, which includes seminars, lectures, and other educational activities promoting the written word; 3. To support, encourage, and assist aspiring and emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts.


Noyes Children’s Library Foundation

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The  Foundation is a grassroots non-profit founded in 1991 to raise funds for the historic Noyes Children’s Library, a specialized branch of Montgomery County Public Libraries in Kensington, MD.  The all-volunteer Foundation has grown to support the Library’s mission in many ways, and now, in cooperation with Montgomery County, the Foundation is leading the Make MORE Noyes Renovation Campaign to make Noyes universally accessible, while expanding its space and early literacy mission.


National Beat Poetry Foundation Inc.

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The National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc., as a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation,  promotion, and celebration of the Literary and Cultural history of the Beat Generation and its extents. The NBPF supports the above primary mission by hosting, collaborating, and fostering joint partnerships for Beat themed poetry readings, workshops, plays, radio shows and much more locally,  across America-and Internationally.

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Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

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The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County was founded in 2005 and moved to its beautiful home in downtown Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2011. In this homey atmosphere, our rescued cats live in their own furnished rooms with screened doors and much enrichment and care to ensure they are healthy and happy. We also always have a special cat who is given the run of the house. Our goal is to rescue strays and give-ups from high-kill shelters in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and then foster them for a period to ascertain their health and get them the medical support they need such as neutering, shots, medicines and love. Then, they come to AWLMC Shelter and await their forever homes with you.