October 27, 2009 Library of Congress to Host Fall Preview of Books and Gifts on Nov. 3

Press Contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public Contact: Susan Reyburn (202) 707-6027

Get a jump on holiday shopping at the fall Sale-a-Thon, hosted by the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The sale, which will offer deep discounts on new and recent products, will be held in Madison Hall, located on the first floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

Shoppers will find an array of gifts and books about architecture, art, biography, film, history, music, photography, reference, sports and theater—all featuring items from the Library’s unparalleled collections. Also on sale will be 2010 calendars, posters, postcard books, note-card sets and magnets. Giveaway items include Library postcards and bookmarks.

New books include the lavishly illustrated “Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress,” which Sports Illustrated hailed as a “treasure trove” and a “standout” among baseball books. The book includes images of the earliest American written and printed baseball citations, dating back to the 1780s. “Traveling the Freedom Road—From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction,” by Linda Osborne, is a richly illustrated volume for young people that presents its subject matter through the experiences of black children. “World War II—365 Days” by Margaret Wagner draws on the Library’s rich and varied collections to present the conflict as never before seen, with many of the more than 500 images in color.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov. Library publications and other products can be ordered by credit card at (888) 682-3557 or online at www.loc.gov/shop/.


PR 09-220
ISSN 0731-3527