Podcast Season Closes with Poet Laureate Charles Wright
We decided to end this first season much like we began itâ with a celebratory inaugural occasion. Just three Septembers before Tracy K. Smith walked out onto the stage of the Coolidge Auditorium for the first time as Poet Laureate, Charles Wright had opened his laureateship in the same tradition. Last spring, the Poetry and Literature Center staff took a road trip down to...
How Do You Say "Law" in…?
As we are the Law Library of Congress, I thought it would be nice to ask staff to say the word law in their native language.
International Literacy Day
Celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8 with the Library of Congress! This year's theme is "literacy in a digital world," and the Library has a variety of programs and resources to support and celebrate literacy.
The Civil Rights History Project: Primary Sources and Oral Hi...
History is most fascinating when we feel connected to the people who lived in the past. One way to pique student interest is by using primary sources from the Library of Congress -- letters, photographs, and oral histories -- that document real people's lives. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently launched the Civil Rights History Project, a digitized collection of...
Learning "How the Other Half Lives" with Jacob Riis at the Li...
Many of us know Jacob Riis for his compelling photographs, but the exhibition Jacob Riis: Revealing How the Other Half Lives underscores that Riis was also a powerful communicator who "devoted his life to writing articles and books, delivering lectures nationwide, and doggedly advocating for social change"
Smokey Robinson at Gershwin's Piano
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden chats with Smokey Robinson, recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, as the singer-songwriter sits at the piano of George Gerswhin at the Library of Congress.
Documenting America, 1935-1943: The Farm Security Administrat...
Carl Fleischhauer, co-author of a book about the FSA-OWI photo collection, uses Webcast 1, “About the FSA Collection,” to sketch the history of this famous project that documented American life from the Great Depression to the first years of World War II. In Webcast 2, “Learning from the FSA Collection,” Carl explains how to use the photographs and other materials to better understand the...
Constance Carter: Plant Hunters (Journeys and Crossings, Libr...
Constance Carter, Head of the Science Reference Section, Library of Congress, describes the work of the intrepid group of scientists from the U.S. and beyond who traveled the world collecting plants to enrich botanical knowledge and their nations gardens. (Plant Hunters, Journeys and Crossings, Library of Congress, Digital Reference Section).
The Américas Award: Bringing Literature to Life with Primary ...
On Friday, September 18th, 2015, the Library of Congress hosted the Américas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. The award, co-sponsored with the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, recognizes work that "authentically and engagingly portrays Latin Americans, Caribbeans, or Latinos in the United States." These diverse stories can be highlighted and brought to life through the use of primary sources.