WANTED: Enthusiastic volunteers for the 2017 Louisiana Book Festival.

Festival organizers have sent out their annual call for those who'd like to join in the celebration and experience the festival from the inside.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in downtown Baton Rouge, with activities centered around the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and tents on neighboring streets.

Assistance is needed in a variety of capacities, including welcoming presenters, escorting authors, monitoring rooms in the State Capitol, manning festival information booths and more. Those interested can get more information at http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteer.html and can sign up using the online form found at http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/volunteer_IWantToVolunteer2017.html.

Coordinators advise signing up early for the best chance of getting your first choice of volunteer positions. Coordinators can also accommodate groups of friends and family who wish to volunteer together. Festival volunteers who register by Friday, Oct. 6, will receive a free 2017 Louisiana Book Fest T-shirt.

This nationally-recognized literary event is free to the public and will offer 250-plus authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, including the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents will enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen Headquarters, featuring New York Times bestselling and award-winning young adult authors; and a wide variety of book-related activities, exhibitors and performances. See http://www.louisianabookfestival.org for complete details.

For questions, call Alise Wascom at (225) 342-4996 or email lbfvolunteer@state.lib.la.us.