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  • November 17, 2017  (17-157)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-11-17

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August 2017

  • August 28, 2017  (17-119)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-08-28
  • August 10, 2017  (17-111)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-08-10
  • August 2, 2017  (17-108)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-08-02
  • August 1, 2017  (17-105)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-08-01

July 2017

  • July 13, 2017  (17-103)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-07-13
  • July 5, 2017  (17-098)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-07-05

June 2017

May 2017

  • May 19, 2017  (17-065)
    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. ...
    • Date: 2017-05-19
  • May 3, 2017  (17-066)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-05-03

April 2017

March 2017

  • March 31, 2017  (17-045)
    Rare Harriet Tubman Photo Among Album Treasures Acquired Through Collaboration of National Cultural Institutions The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress today announced the joint acquisition of an album of 44 rare photographs, including a previously unrecorded portrait of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and the only known photograph of John Willis Menard, the first African American man elected to the U.S. Congress.The collaboration ensures these pieces of...
    • Date: 2017-03-31
  • March 29, 2017  (17-029)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-03-29

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 4, 2017  (17-001)
    Library of Congress Launches New Software to Simplify Download of Braille and Audio Reading Material The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, today released BARD Express, a Windows-based software program that will aid in the use of the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service.The free software is available for download from a link on the BARD main page.  If you are a patron of the NLS program...
    • Date: 2017-01-04

December 2016

  • 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

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

October 2016