February 27, 2020 (REVISED March 19, 2020) New Initiative "Live! At the Library" on Thursday Evenings Postponed Until Later in 2020

Press Contact: Brett Zongker (202) 707-1639, news@loc.gov
Website: Calendar of Events

The Library of Congress will delay plans to extend its public hours on Thursday evenings and feature regular live programming for visitors as part of a new initiative, Live! At the Library, due to the Library’s temporary closure to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Public events at the Library have been canceled until May 11.

A new launch date will be announced later in the year for the initiative to showcase the broad range of literature, poetry, art, music, digital collections and other holdings at the national library.

Individual programs may continue as planned once the Library reopens to the public, but decisions for each program will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Find the latest details on each program and ticketing information on the Library’s calendar of events at loc.gov/events, and subscribe to the Library’s Upcoming Events email list here.

Previously Announced Program Highlights Include:

  • Postponed: April 2: National Book Festival Presents Richard Ford, winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at 7 p.m., and Conversations with the Artist: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. will feature his artistic inspiration and his work focused on civil rights icon Rosa Parks at 6 p.m.
  • Canceled: April 9: Library curators Mari Nakahara and Katherine Blood discuss their new bookCherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress” during the National Cherry Blossom Festival at 6 p.m.
  • Canceled: April 30: National Book Festival Presents: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, for an historic spring event featuring a program and special musical performance at 7 p.m.
  • Postponed: May 7: National Book Festival Presents: John Hessler, a specialist in the Library’s Geography and Maps Division discussing his new book on the history of the early Americas and pre-Columbian cultures, “Collecting for a New World.”
  • Postponed: May 14: Celebrating the 19th Amendment will feature an evening series with a tour, panel discussion at 5 p.m. and keynote address at 6:30 p.m. on the long fight for women’s voting rights that culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago.
  • May 21: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and composer Gregory Spears will discuss and present a sneak-peak concert of excerpts from their new opera “Castor and Patience,” set in the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, at 6:30 p.m.
  • May 28: Big Band Evening: Strayhorn Known and Unknown will feature the Library’s salute to Billy Strayhorn with a concert at 7 p.m. based on a program developed by Loren Schoenberg, senior scholar at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The event is currently sold out, but standby seating may become available.
  • June 4: American Folklife Center Homegrown Concert Series Presents Takht Al-Nagham with an evening of traditional Syrian music at 7:30 p.m.
  • June 11: National Book Festival Presents: Al Roker, the co-anchor and weatherman of NBC’s “Today” show with a humorous discussion of his new collection of essays, “You Look So Much Better In Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success.”
  • June 25: National Book Festival Presents Ha Jin, a Chinese-American poet and novelist discussing his new biography of the legendary Chinese poet Li Bai. Programs will be presented in Mandarin at 5 p.m. and in English at 7 p.m.


PR 20-015
ISSN 0731-3527