Librarian of Congress Appoints Tracy K. Smith to Second Term as Poet Laureate
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall. “I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing...
March 15, 2018
New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Illustration
A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the...
January 5, 2018
New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress
A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden calls the Library “a place where you can touch history and imagine your future,” and the story...
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 23, 2017
New Book Highlights Architecture of U.S. Libraries
Technology continues to reshape our ideas about what a library can be, yet library architecture is still framed around the physical dimensions of books and the furniture and spaces designed to store and display them. “American Libraries 1730–1950”—a new book by Kenneth Breisch, published by W.W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress—celebrates the history of library architecture in America, from...
May 30, 2017
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...
April 10, 2017
Card Catalog's History is Focus of New Library Publication
A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books. The lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of libraries’ organizing approaches—from the layout of papyrus scrolls at the Library of Alexandria and playing cards with notes on the back that...
March 24, 2017
Library Publishes New Book, "Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps"
Designed to educate, amuse, or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography. A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby, celebrates these vibrant maps, tracing their development and...
Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets
The Library of Congress is putting historical documents related to women's suffrage, Japanese American internment and political cartoons in the hands of students and teachers through its three newest free, interactive ebooks for tablets.
November 4, 2014
Magna Carta Is Subject of New Book, Exhibition
To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the great English charter of rights and liberties that received King John’s seal in 1215, the Library of Congress in association with Thomson Reuters will publish “Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor,” the companion book to the Library’s exhibition.
September 30, 2014
Author Mark Twain Is Subject of a New Library Publication
A new book reveals why Twain remains as relevant today as he was in his own time. With a lively narrative & 300 visual gems discovered in the Library’s collections, “Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images” by Harry L. Katz reveals the lasting impact that the author made on America.
September 8, 2014
1950s as Seen in Look Magazine Is Subject of Book Discussion
The more than 4 million images in the Look Magazine Photograph Collection (1937-1971) comprise the largest single collection in the holdings of the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Division. For many Americans, the pages of Look defined the 1950s.
New Library of Congress Magazine Debuts
The new Library of Con¬gress Magazine (LCM) debuts this week. The bi-monthly, general-interest magazine features educational and entertaining content about both current and historical events.
Presidential Campaign Posters Subject of Book Discussion
In “Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art” (Quirk Books, 2012), editors and curators of the Library of Congress have mined the institution’s extraordinary collections for 100 posters – from the campaigns of presidents ranging from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.
Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address Subject of Library Publication
To commemorate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1963, the Library of Congress published “Long Remembered: Lincoln and his Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address” with text by two scholars from the Library’s Manuscript Division, David Mearns and Lloyd Dunlap.
October 4, 2011
"Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War" Is Published
To mark the sesquicentennial of the bloodiest conflict on American soil, the nation’s library, in collaboration with Little, Brown and Company, has published “The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War” by Margaret E. Wagner, with an introduction by historian Gary W. Gallagher.
Historic Photographic Albums Are Subject of Book Discussion
Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography” (Aperture Foundation, 2011) traces the rise of the album from the turn of the last century to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium, as collected by the Library of Congress.