News from the Library of Congress

July 2024

June 2024

  • June 27, 2024  (24-056)
    Library of Congress Acquires House of Blues Radio Collection The Library of Congress has acquired the House of Blues Radio Hour spanning 20 years’ worth of programs that promoted the blues, introduced new audiences to the popular music genre and showcased emerging talent. Hosted by celebrity actor-musician Dan Aykroyd, the series was a soulful journey through a cornerstone of American music, offering poignant interviews and stories of blues legends past and present, including...
    • Date: 2024-06-27
  • June 21, 2024  (24-053)
    Enjoy Olympics-Themed Events and Summer Movies on the Lawn During Live! at the Library in July Enjoy summer movies on the lawn beginning on July 11 with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz”. Before the film, join us on the mezzanine of the Thomas Jefferson Building for a bachata class led by Orlando Machuca, Estefany, and DJ Hercules. Visitors are invited to come for a special pop-up trivia event celebrating the 2024 Olympics in Paris on July 18. Trivia...
    • Date: 2024-06-21
  • June 21, 2024  (24-054)
    Papers of Talk Show Host and Sex Therapist Ruth Westheimer Open for Research at Library of Congress The papers of talk show host and sex therapist Ruth Westheimer have been acquired by the Library of Congress and are now opening for research in the Library’s Manuscript Division.Westheimer became a household name as “Dr. Ruth” in the 1980s, filling radio airwaves, television screens, and bookshelves with advice on sex and relationships. Westheimer was a pioneering voice in sex education, speaking openly about...
    • Date: 2024-06-21
  • June 20, 2024  (24-048)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup for 2024 The festival’s theme this year, “Books Build Us Up,” explores how reading can help connect us and inform our lives. It’s through books that readers can develop strong bonds with writers and their ideas — relationships that open the entire world, real or imagined, to us all.Throughout the day, attendees will hear conversations from authors of various genres across the festival's many stages. Award-winning...
    • Date: 2024-06-20
  • June 13, 2024  (24-052)
    Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn to Present National Film Registry Selections The Library of Congress will host its annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” series starting July 11. The series featuring films from the Library’s National Film Registry will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown on the southeast lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The scheduled films include:July 11: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) (1989 National Film Registry)July 18: “An American in Paris”...
    • Date: 2024-06-13
  • June 4, 2024  (23-A06)
    Jefferson Building Access June 11 and June 19 The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will have adjusted operating hours on June 11 and June 19.On Tuesday, June 11, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Thomas Jefferson Building. All exhibitions, public spaces and the Library Shop in the Jefferson Building will be closed for the entire day, and no timed-entry passes will be offered...
    • Date: 2024-06-04

May 2024

  • May 30, 2024  (24-047)
    Library To Host Treasures Family Day in June with a Special Performance by Natalie Merchant The Library of Congress will host a Family Day on June 15 with focused programming around the new Treasures Gallery exhibition. Natalie Merchant will begin the day leading a folk-song sing-along in the historic Coolidge Auditorium with a selection of traditional folk music drawn from the Library’s vast archive at the American Folklife Center. Activities will be held on Saturday, June 15, on the...
    • Date: 2024-05-30
  • May 29, 2024  (24-050)
    Library of Congress Hosts Documentary Screening About African American Rosie the Riveters During World War II The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will host a screening June 6 of the “Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II,” a documentary about the 600,000 African American “Rosie the Riveters” who served during that conflict. The screening, jointly sponsored with the Daniel A.P. Murray African American Cultural Association, honors the 80th anniversary of D-Day in which the Rosies played a...
    • Date: 2024-05-29
  • May 23, 2024  (24-046)
    Celebrate the Opening of the Library's Treasures Gallery During Live! at the Library in June Celebrate the opening of the David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery at the Library of Congress during Live! at the Library on June 13.Experience the gallery’s inaugural exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind items from across the Library’s vast collections. Natalie Merchant will perform an evening concert in the historic Coolidge Auditorium to celebrate the opening of the Treasures Gallery with a selection of original material and traditional...
    • Date: 2024-05-23
  • May 22, 2024  (24-049)
    New Library Exhibition "Collecting Memories" to Open in New David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery “Collecting Memories: Treasures from the Library of Congress,” will open the evening of June 13 as the inaugural exhibition in the new David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery and will be on view through December 2025 in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.“Collecting Memories” explores how cultures preserve memory, including the role of the Library in preserving collective memories representing entire societies, important moments in history...
    • Date: 2024-05-22
  • May 15, 2024  (24-042)
    Library of Congress Centers for the Book Choose 'Great Reads' Titles for Each State, Territory for 2024 National Book Festival The 56 affiliated Centers for the Book of the Library of Congress have chosen books, called Great Reads, that will be recognized at the 2024 Library of Congress National Book Festival, the Library announced today. Every year since 2002, these Library affiliates have chosen a book to celebrate at the Book Festival in the Library’s Roadmap to Reading -– a vast space at the...
    • Date: 2024-05-15
  • May 15, 2024  (24-043)
    Library of Congress Awards Celebrate Federal Library Excellence The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians, and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities, and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The following winners were chosen...
    • Date: 2024-05-15
  • May 14, 2024  (24-041)
    National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Unveils New Video Series Featuring 18 Notable Children's and Young Adult Authors National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Meg Medina is launching a new video series starting on May 14, featuring beloved children’s and young adult authors, illustrators and graphic novelists to foster a lifelong love of reading among young learners. Primarily intended for families and children between the ages of 9-12, and for librarians and educators, this dynamic 18-segment series is part of Medina’s “Cuéntame!:...
    • Date: 2024-05-14
  • May 1, 2024  (24-039)
    Library Hosts Hidden Portals Experience and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events in May Library of Congress 2023-2024 Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren is inviting the public to visit a series of virtual installations in the Library’s Washington, D.C. campus and five historic Asian American sites around the country. Accessible by mobile device, the experimental Hidden Portals experience provides an immersive 3D reconstruction of these neighborhoods developed using archival photographs and records from local and Library of...
    • Date: 2024-05-01

April 2024

  • April 26, 2024  (24-033)
    New Book 'California Gold' Highlights New Deal Folk Music Project A new book from the Library of Congress offers a compelling cultural snapshot of a diverse California during the late 1930s at the height of the New Deal. “California Gold: Sidney Robertson and the WPA California Folk Music Project” draws on the career of folk music collector Sidney Robertson, who proposed and directed a New Deal initiative designed to survey musical traditions from a...
    • Date: 2024-04-26
  • April 26, 2024  (24-034)
    National Recording Registry Inducts Sounds of ABBA, Blondie, The Cars, The Chicks, Juan Gabriel, Green Day, The Notorious B.I.G. and Lily Tomlin ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Blondie’s era-defining “Parallel Lines,” The Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark “Ready to Die,” Green Day’s “Dookie,” The Chicks’ “Wide Open Spaces” and Lily Tomlin’s comedy have been selected as some of the defining sounds of history and culture that will join the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named 25 recordings as audio treasures worthy of...
    • Date: 2024-04-26
  • April 25, 2024  (24-037)
    Library of Congress Acquires Collection from the Kronos Quartet The Library of Congress has acquired the collection of manuscripts, instruments, costumes, video and audio recordings, and more from the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet and its non-profit organization, Kronos Performing Arts Association. The quartet consists of David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola) and Paul Wiancko (cello). For 50 years, Kronos has challenged and reimagined what a string quartet can be. Founded...
    • Date: 2024-04-25
  • April 1, 2024  (24-026)
    Library Seeks Applicants for the 2024 Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program, which will run from Sept. 9 to Nov. 15. This 10-week, paid internship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, master’s and Ph.D. candidates from all majors or those who have graduated or will graduate between Dec. 1, 2023 and Aug. 31, 2024. The program...
    • Date: 2024-04-01

March 2024

  • March 25, 2024  (24-031)
    Library of Congress to Host Cast Members from Hit CBS Comedy "Ghosts" on April 9 The Library of Congress will host cast members from CBS’s hit comedy “Ghosts” on April 9. A special episode screening and a panel discussion with series stars Richie Moriarty, Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Román Zaragoza and Rebecca Wisocky will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Coolidge Auditorium.Free tickets can be obtained at loc.gov/events. From 5 to 6 p.m., the...
    • Date: 2024-03-25
  • March 21, 2024  (24-A05)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 23, all Library of Congress buildings will be CLOSED to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be...
    • Date: 2024-03-21
  • March 21, 2024  (24-028)
    Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Month during Live! at the Library in April Celebrate National Poetry Month during Live! at the Library on Thursday evenings throughout April. Ada Limón will visit Live! at the Library to talk about her new anthology "You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World” and kick-off of the Library’s annual Mary Oliver Memorial Event. The event will feature an introduction by Limón, readings by poets Molly McCully Brown, Jake Skeets, Analicia Sotelo...
    • Date: 2024-03-21
  • March 18, 2024  (24-A04)
    Jefferson Building Access March 19 On Tuesday, March 19, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. 2 p.m. – last entry for visitors with timed-entry or walk-up passes5 p.m. - all Jefferson Building reading rooms will close and researchers must exitResearchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms via the Jefferson Building West Basement (Carriage) doors,...
    • Date: 2024-03-18
  • March 13, 2024  (24-021)
    Library of Congress Awards Third Round of More than $500,000 to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities Library of Congress Awards Third Round of More than $500,000 to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse CommunitiesThe Library of Congress American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the 2024 recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grant program. This series of grants, part of the Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, is awarded to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and...
    • Date: 2024-03-13
  • March 11, 2024  (24-027)
    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Papers Open for Research at the Library of Congress A major portion of the papers of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, consisting of approximately 600 containers, opens for research use March 11, in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. The collection documents the trajectory of O’Connor’s life in politics and law at the state level in Arizona and later nationally, as the Supreme Court’s first woman justice. Appointed to...
    • Date: 2024-03-11
  • March 7, 2024  (24-A03)
    Jefferson Building Access March 7 On Thursday, March 7, due to security preparations for the State of the Union, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building will close to visitors at 1:30 p.m. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams buildings.Researchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open normal hours of service with regular access. Entry is via the Independence Avenue door...
    • Date: 2024-03-07
  • March 6, 2024  (24-025)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to Launch "You Are Here" with Anthology of Nature Poems, Poetry Installations in National Parks “You Are Here,” Ada Limón’s signature project as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, will launch during National Poetry Month in April with a celebration at the Library of Congress and will continue throughout the year with installations of poetry as public art in national parks across the country.“You Are Here” is comprised of two major initiatives, a new anthology of nature...
    • Date: 2024-03-06

February 2024

  • February 28, 2024  (24-A02)
    Thomas Jefferson Building Access – March 4 On Monday, March 4, scheduled maintenance work on the building’s west front will reduce access to the Jefferson Building. The West Basement (Carriage), West Main (first floor) doors as well as the west front parking lot will be closed to staff and researchers. The building is closed to the general public on Mondays. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams...
    • Date: 2024-02-28
  • February 22, 2024  (24-019)
    Live! at the Library to Feature Gershwin Prize Honoree Bernie Taupin Gershwin Prize honoree Bernie Taupin will sit down with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a special conversation during Live! at the Library on March 21. The Library also will celebrate Women’s History Month with events highlighting women figures in historical texts and novels. Also, challenge your knowledge and discover how the Library preserves and celebrates the diverse stories and accomplishments of women during...
    • Date: 2024-02-22
  • February 21, 2024  (24-A01)
    Jefferson Building Access February 24 On Saturday, February 24, due to a scheduled maintenance event in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building all reading rooms, exhibitions, public spaces and the Library Shop will be closed for the entire day, and no timed-entry passes will be offered to the public. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams buildings.Normal access to the reading rooms in the Jefferson Building...
    • Date: 2024-02-21
  • February 21, 2024  (24-018)
    Library of Congress to Celebrate National Cherry Blossom Festival The Library of Congress will host its annual Japanese Culture Day in celebration of the 2024 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees.Japanese Culture Day will take place at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring family activities, including Japanese drum and traditional dance...
    • Date: 2024-02-21
  • February 20, 2024  (24-020)
    Library To Host an Advance Screening with Stars of Apple TV+ Series "Manhunt" The Library of Congress will host an early screening of the first episode of “Manhunt,” Apple’s upcoming seven-part true crime limited series, ahead of its global debut on March 15 on Apple TV+. The screening will feature a panel discussion with the series' stars and executive producers in the Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Free tickets can be obtained at...
    • Date: 2024-02-20
  • February 13, 2024  (24-015)
    Library of Congress Acquires Papers of Academy Award-Winning Songwriter Leslie Bricusse The Library of Congress has acquired the papers of songwriter Leslie Bricusse, best known for writing scores for the stage and film musicals, “Doctor Dolittle” (1967), with its Oscar-winning “Talk to the Animals;” collaborating with Anthony Newley on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) for a score that included the No. 1 hit song, “The Candy Man” and the much-beloved “Pure Imagination;” and...
    • Date: 2024-02-13
  • February 1, 2024  (24-010)
    Library of Congress to Host Panel on Longevity Science The Library of Congress will host a panel with leading experts in the fields spanning the sciences and the arts to explore the latest developments in longevity science and how cognitive wellness affects quality of life. Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Health Sciences Division, in conjunction with the Longevity Science Foundation, the panel will discuss the ethics involved in longevity science,...
    • Date: 2024-02-01
  • February 1, 2024  (24-017)
    Join the Library of Congress for Douglass Day 2024 and Black History Month Events The Library of Congress’ By the People initiative, in collaboration with the Center for Black Digital History at Pennsylvania State University, are inviting the public to show some love for Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14 by joining a transcribe-a-thon focused on his letters housed at the Library. In a first-of-its-kind, multi-year agreement with Penn State, the Library wants Americans to take a deep dive...
    • Date: 2024-02-01

January 2024

  • January 31, 2024  (24-016)
    Elton John and Bernie Taupin to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of the great songwriting duos of all time, will be the 2024 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. The prize is named for another legendary songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin, whose papers are held by the Library. John and Taupin will be honored with a...
    • Date: 2024-01-31
  • January 29, 2024  (24-011)
    2024 Supreme Court Fellows Annual Program Annual Lecture to Feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for the 2024 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 3:15 p.m. EST.This event will be live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube channel and the public can also register to attend in-person here. Media who would like to request...
    • Date: 2024-01-29
  • January 24, 2024  (24-012)
    Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2023 Holland Prize Winner The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2023 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to Shelbye Doyen, Chanen Hanson, Laura Hershner, Victoria Hill and Sol Scherer-Estevez, students attending the Architecture/Interior Architecture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for a drawing of Illinois Beach State Park, South Bathhouse in Zion, Lake County, Illinois.The Illinois...
    • Date: 2024-01-24
  • January 22, 2024  (24-002)
    Library of Congress Launches New Website for Americans to Share COVID-19 Stories The Library of Congress announced today that it has launched the COVID-19 Archive Activation website, in collaboration with StoryCorps, to encourage all Americans to share their COVID-19 stories, or interview others about their pandemic experiences. Stories submitted through the Archive Activation website will be deposited into the collections of the American Folklife Center and made accessible at archive.StoryCorps.org.By creating a tool to collect and...
    • Date: 2024-01-22
  • January 17, 2024  (24-004)
    Library of Congress Awards Nearly $400,000 to Six Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections The Library of Congress today announced that six awards totaling nearly $400,000 have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Higher Education Institutions and Libraries, Archives and Museums. The program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative with support from the Mellon Foundation. The 2024 awardees will use these funds to create projects...
    • Date: 2024-01-17
  • January 11, 2024  (24-009)
    Library of Congress Opens Search for Next Innovator in Residence The Library of Congress is looking for its next Innovator in Residence. Through March 5, the Library invites technologists, artists and other creative visionaries to propose imaginative proofs of concept designed to help the public connect with digital Library materials. The 2024-2025 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence will work with the Library’s Digital Innovation Division (LC Labs) to bring their proposal to life...
    • Date: 2024-01-11
  • January 10, 2024  (24-008)
    Library of Congress and American Library Association Announce New Educational Book Series The Library of Congress will co-publish a new educational series titled “Discover and Learn with the Library of Congress” in association with ALA Editions, the book publishing arm of the American Library Association. Combining facsimiles of primary sources from the Library’s unparalleled collections with background information and teaching strategies, titles in the series will present classroom-ready materials for teachers, librarians and home educators working...
    • Date: 2024-01-10
  • January 9, 2024  (24-003)
    Library of Congress Awards More than $160,000 to Artists, Scholars to Remix Digital Collections Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Two Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Library AwardsThe Library of Congress today announced two awards totaling more than $160,000 have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to artists and scholars. The program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative. The 2024 awardees, Maya Freelon and Allie Martin, will use these funds to...
    • Date: 2024-01-09
  • January 9, 2024  (24-005)
    Library to Feature Short Films and Artistic Presentations Created by Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University Event to Include One-Night Display of Film, Performing Arts and Music Collections from the LibraryVisitors are invited to the Library of Congress for an exclusive screening of short films and artistic presentations created by student filmmakers and creators through the Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. This event will be presented...
    • Date: 2024-01-09