the Bicentennial date, April 24, a ceremony was held in the majestic
Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building for the issuance of
a 33-cent Library of Congress commemorative stamp by the U.S.
Postal Service. The stamp features a photograph by Michael Freeman
of the interior dome of the Library's Main Reading Room. The stamp's
designer, Ethel Kessler, also designed the breast cancer stamp.
selvage on the 20-stamp sheet notes that "the Library of Congress,
America's library, is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2000. This
Bicentennial recognizes all libraries and the vital role
they play in advancing American creativity and liberty." Many
U.S. stamps and other philatelic items are available online at stampsonline.com
or by phone at the toll free number 800-STAMP-24.
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April 24, the Library of Congress made available a first-day cover
for its staff and the general public. The first-day cover is available
for sale from the Library of Congress Sales Shop. Credit card
orders are taken at 202-707-0204.
April 25 through May 31, 2000, more than 200 state and local libraries
across the country held ceremonies as second-day issue sites for
the Library's commemorative stamp. Many used this event to celebrate
the Bicentennial of the Library of Congress and the importance of
libraries to their communities.