News from the Library of Congress

December 2017

November 2017

  • November 30, 2017  (17-177)
    Librarian of Congress Presents Holiday Story Time The Library of Congress will host a special edition of the Young Readers Center weekly story time with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, on Friday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.Hayden, who started her career as a children’s librarian, will read a selection from the beloved Paddington Bear series. Families with children of all ages are...
    • Date: 2017-11-30
  • November 29, 2017  (17-173)
    Kluge Fellow To Present Cutting-Edge Research on Social Media and Politics Kluge Fellow Todd L. Belt will share his findings on the impact of social media on attitudes, behaviors and voter choices in an afternoon lecture at the Library of Congress titled, “How Effective is Social Media, Really?”The lecture will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, located at 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. The event...
    • Date: 2017-11-29
  • November 13, 2017  (17-170)
    Double Features, Musicals and Hollywood Stars on Screen at Packard Campus Theater During double feature December, the Library’s Packard Campus will showcase pairs of films from the 1930s that feature great directors, Western cinematography, leading ladies and iconic romances. Titles include King Vidor’s New York City drama “Street Scene” paired with William A. Wellman’s rarely seen “Stingaree” and “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, paired with Cary Grant in the British romantic comedy “Romance...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • November 13, 2017  (17-169)
    Library to Host Symposium on Early Research of Papers of King George III Scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, in the Georgian Papers at England’s Windsor Castle will reveal their early findings in a symposium Friday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress.The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure tickets, visit...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • November 1, 2017  (17-163)
    Library Symposium on Geographic Information Systems The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day on Nov. 14 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology in the federal government and academia.The discussions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-11-01

October 2017

  • October 31, 2017  (17-164)
    Families Are Invited to Spend the Holidays with the Library The Library of Congress wants to be included in everyone’s family holiday plans. Over the next few weeks, the Library will be hosting events suitable for learners of all ages.The holiday events are the latest in expanded programming at the Library. Since being sworn in last September, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has opened the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office to visitors, expanded hours at the...
    • Date: 2017-10-31
  • October 30, 2017  (17-162)
    Kluge Center Lectures to Explore Early Mapping in China, Persia The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in November will host lectures and public dialogues on the topic of mapping in ancient Chinese and Persian cultures.Dr. Xin Conan-Wu, an associate professor of art and art history at the College of William and Mary will deliver a lecture entitled “Mapping the Landscape: Vision, Memory and Place-Making” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4...
    • Date: 2017-10-30
  • October 27, 2017  (17-165)
    Library to Open "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists" Original works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their...
    • Date: 2017-10-27
  • October 27, 2017  (17-161)
    Library Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation The Library of Congress will host two lectures and a display marking the quincentennial of the Reformation. Oct. 31, 2017, marks the 500th year since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany – the start of the Reformation movement. In the run-up to this year’s observation of the anniversary, a consortium of German and American partners collaborated to...
    • Date: 2017-10-27
  • October 19, 2017  (17-158)
    Library Highlights Horrors of "The Blair Witch Project" The Library of Congress today announced that the creators of “The Blair Witch Project,” a 1999 horror film known as one of the most successful independent movies ever made, will host a panel discussion during the Library’s Halloween festivities.The panel discussion, “Creating Modern Ghost Stories: The Blair Witch Project,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Coolidge Auditorium of...
    • Date: 2017-10-19
  • October 18, 2017  (17-153)
    Veterans History Project Celebrates Veterans Day at the Library The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) will celebrate Veterans Day, between Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, with live book talks and a variety of performances, guided tours, workshops and other activities. The series of events, titled “Coming Home: Veterans Day at the Library of Congress,” will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library. From a letter-writing event for active-duty...
    • Date: 2017-10-18
  • October 17, 2017  (17-154)
    Veterans History Project Panel Discussion on Oral History Interviews The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a panel discussion, titled “On the Other Side of the Mic: Perspective from the Interviewer,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The panel will feature experts who will discuss how oral interviews serve the objectives of the U.S. American Vietnam War Commemoration (the Commemoration)...
    • Date: 2017-10-17
  • October 16, 2017  (17-152)
    November Film and Event Series at Packard Campus Theater The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and conversation featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater. Smith will be joined by her husband of 20 years, Marty Stuart, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required for this free...
    • Date: 2017-10-16
  • October 16, 2017  (17-150)
    Librarian to Host Conversation with Filmmaker Christopher Nolan In its ongoing mission to preserve and celebrate America’s film heritage, the Library of Congress will host celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan for a special conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the evening of Thursday, November 2.“As a member of our National Film Preservation Board, Christopher Nolan is a strong advocate for the preservation of this important part of our cultural history,” said...
    • Date: 2017-10-16
  • October 13, 2017  (17-151)
    All Things Tactile: Maps, Graphics, Objects and Tours The Library of Congress is using technology and ingenuity to make collections accessible to visitors, researchers and tourists who are blind. A panel of speakers will present on a variety of Library programs and best practices in 3D imaging and curation for the visually impaired. The “All Things Tactile” panel discussion will be held Monday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in room 119 of...
    • Date: 2017-10-13
  • October 12, 2017  (17-142)
    Library and WGBH Celebrate 50 Years of Preserving Public TV and Radio The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting Friday, Nov. 3, 2 –6 p.m. The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in the Montpelier room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison...
    • Date: 2017-10-12
  • October 6, 2017  (17-146)
    Library's Packard Campus to Host Country Music Duo The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of country music featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “The Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater.Smith will be joined by her husband and multiple Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Packard...
    • Date: 2017-10-06
  • October 4, 2017  (17-143)
    Library of Congress Opens Up the Chambers of Mystery for Halloween Exhibition The Library of Congress is presenting a host of tricks and treats with an autumn pop-up exhibition that embodies seasonal traditions of fantasy and folklore. Making a variety of rarely seen collection items more accessible to the general public, "LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery" will show-and-tell the intriguing tales of Halloween and Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, through a variety of...
    • Date: 2017-10-04
  • October 3, 2017  (17-138)
    Philosophy of Immigration Law Subject of Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence Political philosopher Jeremy Waldron will deliver the 2017 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Mumford Room of the Library of Congress, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building. The lecture, titled “Philosophical Foundations of Immigration Law,” will explore how economic and cultural interests can determine immigration policy....
    • Date: 2017-10-03

September 2017

  • September 29, 2017  (17-141)
    Library of Congress Expands Hispanic Celebration The Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division and Hispanic Cultural Society will host a set of programs and displays to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, in conjunction with the Semi-annual Main Reading Room open house at the Library on Monday, October 9. From a Frida Kahlo-themed story time to the public premiere of the Discovery en Español’s docudrama “Benito Juárez, La Derrota de un Imperio,” these...
    • Date: 2017-09-29
  • September 20, 2017  (17-127)
    Film Noir and Horror at the Packard Campus in October Carl Reiner’s 1982 comedy “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” both a parody of and homage to 1940s film noir and detective movies, serves as the catalyst for a film series the first two weeks in October at the Library of Congress Packard Theater. In Reiner’s film, private investigator Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) is surrounded by a supporting cast of stars from the past, including...
    • Date: 2017-09-20
  • September 11, 2017  (17-118)
    Autumn Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host an array of programming this fall season that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, welcomes a new poet laureate and introduces new ways to experience the nation’s library through author talks, tours and online offerings. After opening with a spectacular 2017 National Book Festival, the Library is following up with a commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Sept. 15 with...
    • Date: 2017-09-11
  • September 8, 2017  (17-125)
    Library of Congress to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 The Library of Congress celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, with a collections display and series of lectures, concerts, book talks and other programs and initiatives. The programs are being hosted by various divisions throughout the Library. All events are free, but tickets are required for some, and there may be special restrictions.Kicking off the month-long celebration will be a...
    • Date: 2017-09-08
  • September 8, 2017  (17-124)
    Library Astrobiology Symposium Explores "Life As It Could Be" What is life? How might life have emerged on Earth or on other worlds? And how might we engineer the future of life—what might we make life to be? Astrobiologists and synthetic biologists grapple with these questions every day. To further explore the intersections between these sciences and the humanities, the Library of Congress is bringing together scientists, scholars, artists and journalists for a...
    • Date: 2017-09-08
  • September 6, 2017  (17-122)
    Main Reading Room Open House and Other Activities Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2017-09-06
  • September 3, 2017  (17-130)
    17th Annual National Book Festival Wows Tens of Thousands Tens of thousands of book lovers young and old, from the Washington, D.C., area and places as far-flung as Louisiana and Texas, packed ten stages at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 17thannual Library of Congress National Book Festival. Thousands more watched live online throughout the day as the Library streamed the entire Main Stage line-up to its Facebook page. Librarian of...
    • Date: 2017-09-03

August 2017

  • August 22, 2017  (17-115)
    2017 National Book Festival Is a Literature Adventure for Kids of All Ages From a great lineup of authors—including more than 40 who write for children and teens—to special guests like Captain Underpants and new, exciting activities designed to delight and inform, the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a literature adventure for kids of all ages. The 17th National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-08-22
  • August 17, 2017  (17-117)
    Live Performances and Silent Movies in September at Packard Campus Six new and returning live acts take the stage at the Packard Campus Theater next month, ranging from the Malpass Brothers’ vintage country and gospel music, the three-part harmonies of Red Molly, and American songster Dom Flemons’ folk, banjo and jug band music — along with a night of stand-up comedy and the third appearance of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club. All live...
    • Date: 2017-08-17
  • August 16, 2017  (17-114)
    Library of Congress Announces 2017-2018 Concert Season The Library of Congress kicks off its 2017-2018 concert season with a terrific pair of back-to-back concerts. On October 18, the contemporary music super-group Ensemble Signal performs works by pioneering minimalist composer Steve Reich in a concert presented in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts. Hailing from the vibrant Los Angeles music scene, the Grammy® Award-winning band La Santa Cecilia on October 19 brings to...
    • Date: 2017-08-16
  • August 15, 2017  (17-106)
    Library to Host Appointment Ceremony of 2017 National Student Poets The Library of Congress will host the appointment ceremony of the sixth class of the National Student Poets Program, honoring five outstanding youth poets from across the United States for their original work, on Thursday, August 31. The National Student Poets, who represent five different regions of the country, will read original works as part of the ceremony, which will be led by Librarian...
    • Date: 2017-08-15
  • August 11, 2017  (17-112)
    Library of Congress Marks Constitution Day with Award-Winning Professor In commemoration of Constitution Day, the Law Library of Congress will host constitutional law and history professor Michael J. Klarman of Harvard Law School.The discussion will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in room LJ-119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.Klarman will...
    • Date: 2017-08-11
  • August 9, 2017  (17-107)
    Tracy K. Smith to Give Opening Reading as Poet Laureate Sept. 13 Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, will give her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The historic reading, which launches the Library’s 2017-2018 literary season and marks the beginning of Smith’s laureateship, will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium on the...
    • Date: 2017-08-09
  • August 8, 2017  (17-110)
    Novelist Chris Bohjalian to Deliver the 21st Vardanants Day Lecture Best-selling Armenian-American author Chris Bohjalian will deliver the 21st Vardanants Day Armenian lecture, titled “Echoes of Anatolia: An Armenian-American Novelist Discovers his Literary DNA at Mid-life.” Bohjalian’s lecture, which will explore the influence of ethnic identity on literary creativity, will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 1 in the Northeast Pavilion of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-08-08
  • August 3, 2017  (17-109)
    Library Announces Complete Lineup of Authors for 2017 National Book Festival Book lovers of all ages will find something to enjoy at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. A star-studded and diverse lineup of more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will be presenting from the festival stages at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Doors to the convention center...
    • Date: 2017-08-03

July 2017

  • July 27, 2017  (17-104)
    Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns yesterday presented more than150 rare and unique items from 15 Library divisions. “Display Day” was open to the public for the first time since the program’s inauguration in 1991.The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched and processed during their 10-week internships. Examples included:An early...
    • Date: 2017-07-27
  • July 18, 2017  (17-101)
    August at Packard Spotlights World War II and the Sound of Blues Highlights on the August schedule for the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater include World War II films that commemorate the U.S. Army Air Force’s bombardier training program and the 75th anniversaries of the Siege of Malta and the Battle of Mount Austen in Guadalcanal. Blues songwriter, singer, guitarist and Virginia native Eli Cook will perform live in concert on August 18.“Eli Cook –...
    • Date: 2017-07-18
  • July 7, 2017  (17-097)
    Library Hosts Event on Impact of Digital Collections as Data Building on the success of its “Collections as Data” symposium last year, the Library of Congress National Digital Initiatives (NDI) again will host a daylong symposium featuring a cadre of experts to explore the value of using digital collections and their impact on the public. The symposium—“Collections as Data: Impact”—will be held 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, in the Coolidge...
    • Date: 2017-07-07
  • July 7, 2017  (17-096)
    Library Welcomes Asian American Literature Festival The Library of Congress will host the concluding day of the groundbreaking “Asian American Literature Festival” on Saturday, July 29.The festival’s concluding day includes two events at the Library of Congress. Both events will take place in room LJ-119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free, but tickets are required, and...
    • Date: 2017-07-07

June 2017

  • June 26, 2017  (17-090)
    Singer Billy Bragg To Discuss the British Skiffle Music Craze The roots of skiffle as a musical genre and its influence on popular music will be discussed in a book talk by singer and guitarist Billy Bragg at 7 p.m., Friday, July 21, at the Library of Congress in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is co-sponsored by...
    • Date: 2017-06-26
  • June 15, 2017  (17-088)
    Sevens Are Up in Library's July Packard Campus Films A series of films released in the seventh year of the decade, ranging from silent romantic comedy “Breakfast at Sunrise” (1927) to the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic,” will be screened the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in July. Many National Film Registry titles are featured in the lineup including “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), and Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937).Four classic Westerns...
    • Date: 2017-06-15
  • June 12, 2017  (17-A05)
    Schedule of Upcoming Livestreamed Events Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m.Ensemble Signal / Reich Concert.Our concert season opens with an extraordinary evening of chamber works by a pioneering composer whose music has profoundly influenced composers and musicians worldwide. The Library and Washington Performing Arts join forces to present this special concert featuring the East Coast premiere of "Runner" for winds, percussion, strings and two pianos. Brad Lubman conducts the supergroup...
    • Date: 2017-06-12
  • June 12, 2017  (17-082)
    Library to Host Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill The Library of Congress will host a special outdoor film festival this summer to showcase several modern classics that have been added to the Library’s National Film Registry. The six-film series—“LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn”—will be presented on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. from July 13 through August 17 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from...
    • Date: 2017-06-12
  • June 2, 2017  (17-081)
    Lynda Carter Joins "Library of Awesome" The Library of Congress today announced that Lynda Carter, the famed actress known for her role as Wonder Woman, will appear at Library festivities celebrating the world of comics. The Library of Congress last week announced “Library of Awesome,” a pop-up exhibit featuring items from the Library’s comic-book collections presented in conjunction with “Awesome-Con,” Washington, D.C.’s annual convention of comics, cosplay and pop culture, on...
    • Date: 2017-06-02

May 2017

  • May 30, 2017  (17-080)
    America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History Between August 1914 and November 1918, World War I eradicated empires, ignited the Russian Revolution, reconfigured the world map and marked a turning point for the United States. A new book available today by Margaret E. Wagner, “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History,” published by Bloomsbury Press in association with the Library of Congress, commemorates the centennial of that...
    • Date: 2017-05-30
  • May 26, 2017  (17-076)
    Library Presents Pride Pop-Up Exhibit The Library of Congress announces “Pride in the Library,” a pop-up display that will feature items from the Library’s extensive LGBTQ+ collections and will be on view June 8-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in addition to a series of special related programs. The display is free and open to the public. Free tickets are only required for the film screening. Tickets for the screening will...
    • Date: 2017-05-26
  • May 26, 2017  (17-063)
    Library to Celebrate the World of Comics The Library of Congress is gearing up for a super summer treat celebrating the role of comics and graphic novels in promoting literacy, as collectibles, in the arts, advertising, sociology, popular culture and history. Making a variety of collection items more accessible to the general public, the “Library of Awesome” features a pop-up display of famous comic-book issues, drawings, original comic strips and related...
    • Date: 2017-05-26
  • May 24, 2017  (17-075)
    "Merchant of Venice" Gets a Sequel The Law Library of Congress will present a live performance titled, “Justice for Shylock: A Mock Appeal Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Venice Ghetto” on Wednesday, June 21 at 5 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free, but tickets are required and available at this website. The...
    • Date: 2017-05-24