Building a Nation of 
Sponsored by the Center for the Book
and the Public Service Collections Directorate of
the Library of Congress

Readings from the Collection | About the Program | About the Readers

Readings from the Collections

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Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Francis O. French
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Francis O. French

Margaret Mead with her brother Richard
Margaret Mead

Billy Gobitas
picture of children pledging allegiance to the flag

Young African American girls leaving for school at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock Nine

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About "Building a Nation of Readers"

Sponsored by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book and the Public Service Collections Directorate, this program is intended to:

- highlight for children the collections and resources of the Library of Congress and libraries in general;
- demonstrate to children that reading makes a difference in the outcomes of the lives of individuals -- their relationships, values, career choices, and quality of life
- promote literacy and lifelong learning.

For additional information:

See the article in the June 1999 Library of Congress Information Bulletin

Or contact:

Director, Public Service Collections, Diane N. Kresh
Director, Center for the Book, John Y. Cole

About the Readers

Norman Middleton is co-producer of the "Concerts from the Library of Congress," an outstanding musical series sponsored by the Library of Congress Music Division. Mr. Middleton is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the Salzburg Mozarteum (Diploma). He has been at the Library of Congress for eighteen years.

Lynn Schrichte is a professional actress and writer who lives and works in Washington, DC. Ms. Schrichte's roles include Essie in Ah, Wilderness! and Mae in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among many others. Her television credits include roles on Homicide: Life on the Streets and Search for Grace, a CBS Movie of the Week. Mrs Fiske: Against the Wind is her first full-length play.

Library of Congress Curators

Adrienne Cannon is the African-American History and Culture Specialist in the Manuscript Division, where she has served for two of her three years on the Library staff. Ms. Cannon came to the Library from a position as curator of special collections at the University of Virginia Library.

Marvin Kranz is an American History Specialist in the Manuscript Division. While a specialist in the American presidency, Mr. Kranz is also a generalist with a vast knowledge of the Library's manuscript collections. He is the curator of the psychoanalytical collections and has been with the Library for almost 29 years.

Mary Wolfskill is the Library's Margaret Mead specialist as well as the Head of Reference and Reader Services in the Manuscript Division. As both librarian and archivist, she is a frequent speaker at national and regional meetings of professional archive and library associations. Ms. Wolfskill has been at the Library for 30 years.

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