News from the Library of Congress

December 2016

  • December 22, 2016  (16-216)
    Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress (Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code) ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLICMondayJan. 2NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAYAll buildings will be closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Contact: 707-8000.FridayJan. 6FILM“Citizen Kane” (RKO, 1941). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707-9994.SaturdayJan. 7FILM"Fargo” (Gramercy, 1996, R-rated). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707-9994.SundayJan. 8FILM“The...
    • Date: 2016-12-22
  • December 21, 2016  (16-213)
    New Selection of Artwork Now on Display in "WWI: American Artists View the Great War" Exhibition A new selection of 28 posters, prints, drawings and photographs is now on display in the ongoing Library of Congress exhibition “World War I: American Artists View the Great War.” The exhibition opened in May 2016 and is on view through Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
    • Date: 2016-12-21
  • December 20, 2016  (16-211)
    Poet Laureate Selects 2017 Witter Bynner Fellow, Ray Gonzalez The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Ray Gonzalez for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship.Herrera will introduce a program celebrating Gonzalez at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540.  The event is free and...
    • Date: 2016-12-20
  • December 16, 2016  (16-214)
    National Film Registry Titles Featured in January Feature films and short subjects named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry for posterity will be showcased at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, in January. Dating from 1928 to 1996, these films have been named to the registry because of their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic significance.Several of the features being screened, including “The Princess Bride,” “Blackboard Jungle,”...
    • Date: 2016-12-16
  • December 16, 2016  (16-215)
    Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights The public will have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced today.Beginning today, December 16, an online survey is open to the public. The survey will be posted through Jan. 31, 2017.Link to survey: ExternalDeadline for submitting comments: Jan. 31, 2017Input will be reviewed and...
    • Date: 2016-12-16
  • December 14, 2016  (16-209)
    With "20,000 Leagues," the National Film Registry Reaches 700 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.  This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling...
    • Date: 2016-12-14
  • December 14, 2016  (16-A08)
    Holiday Schedule, Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2016 and January 2017:Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will CLOSE at 1 p.m.Monday, December 26 (Christmas Day, Federal Holiday Observed) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Saturday, December...
    • Date: 2016-12-14
  • December 12, 2016  (16-210)
    Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2017 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program— a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students.The 2017 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from May 30 through Aug. 4, 2017. Among other tasks, Junior Fellows inventory, describe, and explore collection holdings, and assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library....
    • Date: 2016-12-12
  • December 9, 2016  (16-A07)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 10, 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 will not be updated.
    • Date: 2016-12-09
  • December 2, 2016  (16-208)
    FEDLINK Opens Nominations for Federal Librarianship Awards To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for fiscal year 2016.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library and information service at the...
    • Date: 2016-12-02
  • December 1, 2016  (16-206)
    Symposium on Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States, Dec. 15 Contemporary African immigration and African communities in the United States will be the focus of a half-day symposium at the Library of Congress.“Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States” will be hosted by Toyin Falola, the John W. Kluge Center Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress.  The symposium will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m....
    • Date: 2016-12-01

November 2016

  • November 29, 2016  (16-207)
    Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress maps collections—the Revolutionary War (, Civil War...
    • Date: 2016-11-29
  • November 23, 2016  (16-203)
    Book Talk Highlights James Madison's Pivotal Role in American Government Michael Signer will discuss and sign his new book, “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father” (Public Affairs, 2015) on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2016-11-23
  • November 18, 2016  (16-202)
    Packard Campus Theater Spotlights Pearl Harbor, Holiday Classics, Live Music The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia will mark the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the event that triggered the entry of the United States into World War II, with a series of films. Two of the films in the series include John Ford’s “They Were Expendable” and “From Here to Eternity,” which...
    • Date: 2016-11-18
  • November 18, 2016  (16-205)
    Army Secretary Eric Fanning to Discuss Army of the Future Secretary of the U.S. Army, Eric Fanning, will participate in a unique interview on topics ranging from the importance of diversity, budget stability, and innovation at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at 11 a.m.  The interview by the Library's deputy director of National and International Outreach, Colleen Shogan, will take place in the historic Members Room at the Library's Thomas...
    • Date: 2016-11-18
  • November 16, 2016  (16-204)
    Smokey Robinson Honored as the King of Song at Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert.
    • Date: 2016-11-16
  • November 15, 2016  (16-198)
    Italian Art of Papermaking Is Subject of New Library Publication Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, “Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking” by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.
    • Date: 2016-11-15
  • November 15, 2016  (16-201)
    Library Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2016 prize will be awarded in winter 2017.
    • Date: 2016-11-15
  • November 14, 2016  (16-199)
    Miranda Warning is Subject of Human Rights Day Program Dec. 9 In celebration of Human Rights Day, the Law Library of Congress will host a discussion on the impact of the Miranda warning on human rights in Eastern Europe.
    • Date: 2016-11-14
  • November 10, 2016  (16-191)
    Veterans History Project Highlights Veteran Artists with New Web Feature The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Art of War,” the latest installment in its online “Experiencing War” website series at
    • Date: 2016-11-10
  • November 4, 2016  (16-196)
    New Director Appointed to Lead Veterans History Project Karen D. Lloyd has been appointed director of the Veterans History Project (VHP), a program of the American Folklife Center. Lloyd has served as acting director since September 2016.
    • Date: 2016-11-04
  • November 4, 2016  (16-197)
    All-Day Series of Talks to Focus on Geographic Information Systems The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day on Nov. 16 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology in the federal government, the private sector, academia and K-12 schools.
    • Date: 2016-11-04
  • November 3, 2016  (16-190)
    Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2016 Holland Prize A drawing, by a team of Puerto Rican students, of a 19th-century health institution in Puerto Rico, Lazaretto Isla de Cabras, is the 2016 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and National Park Service announced today.
    • Date: 2016-11-03
  • November 2, 2016  (16-195)
    Swann Foundation Now Accepting Fellowship Applications The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
    • Date: 2016-11-02

October 2016

September 2016

  • September 30, 2016  (16-168)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2016-09-30
  • September 30, 2016  (16-175)
    Books-into-Films Lectures Oct. 13 and Nov. 14 Two lectures this fall at the Library of Congress will focus on the adaptation of books into films.
    • Date: 2016-09-30
  • September 29, 2016  (16-172)
    Edward Widmer Appointed Director of the John W. Kluge Center Historian, author, librarian and presidential speechwriter Edward L. (Ted) Widmer has been appointed director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2016-09-29
  • September 26, 2016  (16-167)
    National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest Winners Announced The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners.
    • Date: 2016-09-26
  • September 24, 2016  (16-174)
    16th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival a Year of Firsts The 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival was notable for several debuts – the first major public appearance of newly-sworn-in Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and the festival debut of best-selling author Stephen King, who was recognized for his contributions to literacy.
    • Date: 2016-09-24
  • September 23, 2016  (16-159)
    Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners Announced Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards today at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala.
    • Date: 2016-09-23
  • September 23, 2016  (16-169)
    October Lineup Spotlights Black Pioneer Filmmakers, Halloween Classics Three films included in “Pioneers of African-American Cinema” will be screened at the Library’s Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia in October.
    • Date: 2016-09-23
  • September 21, 2016  (16-162)
    2016-2017 Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents Selected The Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has named five members to the 2016-2017 class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program.
    • Date: 2016-09-21
  • September 21, 2016  (16-164)
    Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.
    • Date: 2016-09-21