North Carolina Humanities Council Now Operating N.C. Center for the Book
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the North Carolina Humanities Council as a new affiliate center. The council, based in Charlotte, N.C., will operate the North Carolina Center for the Book, part of a network of state centers promoting an interest in reading.“We are thrilled to now operate the North Carolina Center for the Book,” said North Carolina Humanities...
Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup
Readers of all ages will find familiar authors, illustrators and poets at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 18th annual festival will feature a diverse lineup of 115 authors – including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed novelist Amy Tan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and two-time Newbery...
June 5, 2018
Library Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry
The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2018 prize will be awarded in the fall.The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years, 2016 and 2017, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for...
May 24, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
May 8, 2018
Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices
The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) has updated its collections policy, changing the scope of the program. With the passing of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511), Congress expanded the VHP mandate to allow Gold Star family members to contribute their own audio- or video-recorded interviews to enrich their veteran’s story. The project now includes oral histories recorded by Gold...
May 3, 2018
Baseball's 'Magna Carta' to be Displayed in Major Exhibition on the Game
The handwritten “Laws of Base Ball,” which historians have called the “Magna Carta” of the game after they were decided at a convention in 1857, will be among the artifacts featured in the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29 at the Library of Congress. The exhibition will explore baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for...
May 2, 2018
Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to E. Annie Proulx
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.Hayden selected Proulx as this year’s winner based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners,...
April 30, 2018
Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical
Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
National Recording Registry Reaches 500
Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the...
March 9, 2018
Library Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Literacy Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.These awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein in 2013, honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards also encourage the continuing development of advanced methods for promoting...
March 6, 2018
Library Conserves, Digitizes Rare Photographs Including Harriet Tubman Portrait
The Library of Congress has conserved and digitized an album containing 48 rare photographs dating to the 1860s – including a previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman and images of other abolitionists – and the album will be exhibited for the first time at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year. Each image was cleaned, digitally scanned and...
February 22, 2018
Los Angeles Exhibition to Showcase Photography from Library of Congress
A selection of nearly 500 images discovered within a collection of more than 14 million pictures at the Library of Congress will be featured in a new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library,” will be open to the public April 21 through Sept. 9, 2018.Working closely for several years...
February 1, 2018
Kentucky Center for the Book Becomes Library's Newest Affiliate Center
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.“We are thrilled to become Kentucky’s Center for the Book,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “Kentucky Humanities is deeply committed to promoting literacy in Kentucky through PRIME TIME Family Reading Time,...
January 25, 2018
Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on Baseball in Summer 2018
A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story...
January 4, 2018
Jacqueline Woodson Named Sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young...
December 19, 2017
Distinguished Panel of Judges for Congressional Data Challenge Announced
The Library of Congress today announced the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. The four-person panel, composed of experts in data visualization, application development, the U.S....
December 18, 2017
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature to Be Inaugurated
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will inaugurate the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Ambassador Emeritus Gene Luen Yang will participate in the ceremony and deliver comments on his ambassadorship. Tickets are...
December 13, 2017
2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams'
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
November 17, 2017
Library of Congress Launches Three New Educational Apps
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with various educational organizations, today announced the launch of three web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation for use in K-12 classrooms.From stepping behind the camera with photographers who fought against child labor to building a timeline that traces African Americans’ journey towards freedom, students are able to do all these things and more using...
October 24, 2017
Library of Congress Kicks Off Writing Competition for Young Readers
The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested in learning more about the program and how to use it in a classroom on October 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. The program invites readers in grades four through 12 to share letters they...
October 19, 2017
Library of Congress Launches Congressional Data Challenge
The Library of Congress today launched a Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. Submissions could take the form of interactive visualizations, mobile or desktop applications, a website or other digital creations.The Library of Congress will award $5,000 for the...
October 10, 2017
Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Now Online
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format at https://www.loc.gov/collections/ulysses-s-grant-papers/about-this-collection/.The Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, “headquarters records” created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grant’s memoir— regarded as one of...
September 28, 2017
Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2017 Holland Prize
Ahead of World Architecture Day, the Library of Congress in conjunction with the National Park Service announces the 2017 recipient of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.A drawing by Jean-Guy Tanner Dubé from Oxnard, Calif., of the historic 19th-century Wallace Libbey Hardison House Barn in Santa Paula, Calif., is the 2017 Holland Prize winner. Dubé, who received a...
September 19, 2017
Library Launches labs.loc.gov
The Library of Congress today launched labs.loc.gov, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations...
September 18, 2017
Library and U.S. Military Academies Sign Cooperative Agreement
The Library of Congress and the five U.S. Service Academies today entered an inter-agency cooperative agreement to support growth of service member representation in the national collections at the Library, including within the Veterans History Project. The agreement also provides enhanced research access to Library collections for the U.S Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S Military Academy and...
August 28, 2017
Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will...
August 10, 2017
Library of Congress Seeks Volunteer Docents
The Library of Congress is recruiting the 2017 class of volunteer docents to lead tours of the world’s largest library.To best serve the more than 1.7 million annual visitors eager to view the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., and learn about the treasures it contains, the Library’s Visitor Services Office relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to greet and direct the...
August 2, 2017
Library Launches Free WWI Webinar Series
The Library of Congress is commemorating the 100thanniversary of the United States’ entry into The Great War with a new free, online webinar series highlighting some of the Library’s most remarkable World War I resources, including documents, photographs, maps, and personal stories collected through the Veterans History Project.The five-part series of 40-minute talks will present discussions on a variety of topics each month beginning...
August 1, 2017
Library of Congress Offers a New "Feel" to Public Tours
The Library of Congress today launched a new way for visitors with visual impairments to experience the Thomas Jefferson Building. “Touch History” is an accessible tour that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch.The verbal description tour—“Touch History”—will run the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month, with the exception of September, at 8:45 a.m., beginning August 1...
July 13, 2017
Library of Congress, National Archives Join PDF Association
The Library of Congress and the National Archives today announced their agencies have joined the PDF Association, which promotes adoption of international standards for portable document format technology, as partner organizations. Both federal agencies collect, and produce, numerous documents as PDFs. “The Library's participation will foster enhanced relationships with industry, providing more opportunities for the Library to communicate its needs to the community that...
July 5, 2017
Library Launches Booklovers Circle
The Library of Congress today announced a new opportunity for booklovers to support the beloved annual celebration of reading and literacy, the National Book Festival, while enhancing their own festival experiences.Each year the Library of Congress National Book Festival brings together tens of thousands of booklovers with more than 100 of their favorite authors for interesting conversation, book signings and family fun. Thanks to...
June 28, 2017
Library of Congress, Royal Archives Plan Major Joint Exhibition
The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges – King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).The joint project will draw on the considerable collections held by the Library of Congress...
June 21, 2017
NLS Rolls Out New Digital Initiatives
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is enhancing its ability to serve its patrons through several major technological initiatives being advanced this summer. NLS is launching a new and improved website and a new multimedia education campaign—both designed to raise awareness of NLS’s remarkable free services.“NLS–and the entire Library of Congress—are constantly working to...
June 13, 2017
Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives Now on loc.gov
The Library of Congress today announced two new born-digital collections are now available on loc.gov – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.The Webcomics Web Archive (loc.gov/collections/webcomics-web-archive/about-this-collection/) focuses on comics created specifically for the web and supplements the Library’s extensive holdings in comic books, graphic novels and original comic art.“Webcomics are an increasingly popular format utilized by contemporary creators in the...
June 2, 2017
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...
June 1, 2017
Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2017 Summer Intern Program
The Library of Congress this week welcomed 37 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive, Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. From curating historic copyright material ,to helping develop new preservation techniques, making World War I veterans histories more accessible and exploring the creation of a digital scholar’s lab, the Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship...
May 19, 2017
Washington Talking Book and Braille Library of Seattle Named Network Library of the Year
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, has named the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) of Seattle as the Network Library of the Year for 2016. NLS today presented the annual award, which carries a $1,000 cash prize, during a ceremony at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. ...
May 3, 2017
Library to Combine Summer and Fall Youth Reading-Writing Programs
The Library of Congress is combining its two reading and writing programs for young people – A Book That Shaped Me and Letters About Literature. The move will enable the Library to better leverage its resources, to brand the programs more consistently and to encourage greater participation in these long-running programs.The Library today kicks off its annual summer contest, now titled A Book That...
April 27, 2017
Courtroom Illustration Exhibition Now Open
The Library of Congress today opened “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration,” a new exhibition featuring 98 works of art that capture the drama of high-profile court cases in the last 50 years.The exhibition will run through Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in the South Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. It is...
National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow"
Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the...
January 31, 2017
Stephen King Joins Library in Announcing Applications for the 2017 Literacy Awards
Award-winning author and literacy advocate Stephen King helped the Library of Congress today launch its call for nominations for the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The annual awards support organizations working to promote literacy, both in the United States and worldwide, and are made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.No one person or group...
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: https://www.research.net/r/RegisterOfCopyrightsNR ExternalDeadline for submitting comments: Jan. 31, 2017Input will be reviewed and...
November 29, 2016
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 (loc.gov/collections/american-revolutionary-war-maps/about-this-collection/), Civil War...