News from the Library of Congress

November 2017

  • November 15, 2017  (17-172)
    Tony Bennett Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated performer Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, Nov. 15. The diverse group of performers will pay homage to Bennett’s extraordinary gift as an interpreter of America’s songbook—showcasing some his most memorable songs—at...
    • Date: 2017-11-15

October 2017

  • October 23, 2017  (17-156)
    Swann Foundation Announces Award Fellowships for 2017-2018 The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is awarding fellowships to four applicants for the academic year 2017-2018. Recipients are affiliated with Fordham, Boston and Cornell universities and The Graduate Center at New York University.Olivia Badoi, a doctoral candidate in English at Fordham University, is investigating the relationships among the genres of the woodcut novel,...
    • Date: 2017-10-23
  • October 18, 2017  (17-147)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Jérôme Combier and Argento New Music Project, Georg Friedrich Haas and Third Coast Percussion, Yotam...
    • Date: 2017-10-18

September 2017

  • September 28, 2017  (17-140)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-09-28
  • September 20, 2017  (17-133)
    Library Selects World History Teacher as Next Teacher-in-Residence Matthew C. Poth, a world history teacher at Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia, has been selected to serve as the 2017-2018 teacher-in-residence at the Library of Congress. In that role, he will work closely with the Library’s Educational Outreach team to help make primary sources from the Library’s collection more accessible for teachers everywhere.“The Library of Congress holds extraordinary resources related to...
    • Date: 2017-09-20
  • September 1, 2017  (17-123)
    Library Announces Winners of 2017 Literacy Awards Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards tonight at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala.Three organizations received awards from Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein: the Children’s Literacy Initiative; the National Center for Families and Learning; and Pratham Books.Originated by Rubenstein in 2013, the Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and...
    • Date: 2017-09-01

August 2017

  • August 31, 2017  (17-121)
    National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.More than 300 young readers submitted essays to participating public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region in this sixth year of the contest....
    • Date: 2017-08-31
  • 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

July 2017

  • July 11, 2017  (17-099)
    Prize for American Fiction to Be Awarded Posthumously to Denis Johnson Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Denis Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “Jesus’ Son” and the novel “Tree of Smoke,” will posthumously receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 2.The National Book Festival and the prize ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington...
    • Date: 2017-07-11
  • July 10, 2017  (17-094)
    Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center Lucianne Walkowicz will hold the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She will begin on Oct. 1, 2017, and be in residence for 12 months.Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, in Chicago, where she studies stellar magnetic activity and its influence on planetary habitability, using data from...
    • Date: 2017-07-10

June 2017

  • June 20, 2017  (17-089)
    Librarian of Congress Names Tony Bennett Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.Tony Bennett is not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages. His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums...
    • Date: 2017-06-20
  • June 14, 2017  (17-083)
    Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe...
    • Date: 2017-06-14
  • June 9, 2017  (17-086)
    Letters About Literature Reading-Writing Program Winners Announced Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.More than 43,700 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which...
    • Date: 2017-06-09
  • June 7, 2017  (17-077)
    Educators Nationwide to Participate in Summer Teacher Institutes Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in five Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from June through August.Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists...
    • Date: 2017-06-07

May 2017

  • May 5, 2017  (17-064)
    FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship 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 government, business, scholarly communities and the American public.FEDLINK will honor the 2016 award winners at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 9, 2017, at the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2017-05-05

January 2017

  • January 31, 2017  (17-013)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-01-31
  • January 12, 2017  (17-002)
    New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9.  They will conduct research at the Library for four months.David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a film theorist and historian. He has written more than 15 volumes...
    • Date: 2017-01-12