News from the Library of Congress

January 2020

September 2019

August 2019

  • August 31, 2019  (19-084)
    19th Annual National Book Festival Attracts Tens of Thousands of Book Lovers Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s YouTube platform.The festival showcased more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators, who appeared...
    • Date: 2019-08-31

July 2019

  • July 25, 2019  (19-076)
    Library of Congress Expands Popular Literary Event to Yearlong Series Known as National Book Festival Presents The Library of Congress National Book Festival has expanded to include a yearlong series of events – known as National Book Festival Presents – featuring high-caliber authors, their books and related Library treasures beginning this fall, following the signature daylong festival on Aug. 31, the Library announced today.Neil Patrick Harris, an accomplished actor, producer, television host, author and magician, will kick off the new...
    • Date: 2019-07-25

June 2019

  • June 25, 2019  (19-068)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival will offer an outstanding lineup of authors for readers of all ages for the festival’s 19th year, with more than 140 nationally recognized authors, poets and illustrators, as well as the addition of stages devoted to science and international subjects.On Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, doors will open at 8:30 a.m.,...
    • Date: 2019-06-25

May 2019

April 2019

  • April 16, 2019  (19-041)
    Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman with Series of Exhibits, Events and Digital Crowdsourcing to Showcase Collections The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of American poet and changemaker Walt Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings and artifacts.The Library’s Whitman Bicentennial series will be part of the citywide Walt Whitman 200 Festival and other commemorations in the Mid-Atlantic where...
    • Date: 2019-04-16

March 2019

  • March 27, 2019  (19-035)
    Swann Foundation Fellow to Discuss Emergence of the Comic Strip in the 19th Century, April 9 Swann Foundation Fellow Joshua Abraham Kopin will give an illustrated lecture at the Library of Congress discussing the cultural and technological contexts surrounding the rise of the comic strip in late nineteenth century America. Kopin will present “Comics in Nineteenth Century Time and Space” at noon on Tuesday, April 9, West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101...
    • Date: 2019-03-27

January 2019

  • January 25, 2019  (19-010)
    Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court Fellows Annual Lecture The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.The conversation will be moderated by the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the U.S. Court of...
    • Date: 2019-01-25

October 2018

  • October 24, 2018  (18-134)
    Crowdsourcing Tool Enables Discovery of Unique Treasures at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress today launched crowd.loc.gov, a crowdsourcing program that will connect the Library with virtual volunteers to transcribe text in digitized images from the Library’s historic collections.This project enables anyone with access to a computer to experience first-hand accounts in history while contributing to the Library’s ability to make these treasures more searchable and readable.Volunteers can work on selections from the papers...
    • Date: 2018-10-24

September 2018

  • September 1, 2018  (18-111)
    18th Annual National Book Festival Draws Tens of Thousands of Book Lovers Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,...
    • Date: 2018-09-01

August 2018

  • August 29, 2018  (18-108)
    Library Announces Schedule Changes for 2018 National Book Festival The Library of Congress National Book Festival schedule has been updated with several changes for the Main Stage lineup of authors at the festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, the Library announced today.Author Amy Tan will now appear on the Main Stage at 12:50 p.m., and she will hold a book signing from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will now...
    • Date: 2018-08-29

June 2018

  • June 14, 2018  (18-084)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-06-14

May 2018

  • May 3, 2018  (18-060)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-05-03

March 2018

  • March 28, 2018  (18-037)
    Leading Historians, Novelists, Poets and Children's Writers Among Authors to be Featured in 2018 National Book Festival Dozens of best-selling authors, leading historians, American poets and children’s writers will be featured speakers at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.This year’s schedule includes a wide-ranging mix of authors and genres.History and BiographyFormer...
    • Date: 2018-03-28

February 2018

  • February 22, 2018  (18-008)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-02-22

January 2018

  • January 25, 2018  (18-005)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-01-25

June 2017

  • 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

April 2017

  • April 27, 2017  (17-059)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-04-27

November 2015

  • November 18, 2015  (15-202)
    Willie Nelson Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert The Library of Congress is celebrating Willie Nelson’s 60-year career and his selection as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C., with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.
    • Date: 2015-11-18

August 2015

June 2015

March 2015

February 2015

  • February 19, 2015  (15-028)
    Civil Rights Act Exhibition Will Feature 50 New Items The Library of Congress exhibition “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” will feature 50 new items starting Saturday, March 7, including several items from the recently acquired Rosa Parks Collection.
    • Date: 2015-02-19
  • February 3, 2015  (15-020)
    Rosa Parks Collection Opens to Researchers Feb. 4 The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress will open formally to researchers on Feb. 4, on the birthday of the civil-rights icon.
    • Date: 2015-02-03

January 2015

August 2014

June 2014

  • June 23, 2014  (14-112)
    President Warren Harding's Love Letters to Open to the Public on July 29 More than 50 years after their discovery and donation to the Library of Congress, a collection of approximately 1,000 pages of love letters between 29th U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, will open to the public on July 29.
    • Date: 2014-06-23

January 2013

October 2007

  • October 30, 2007  (07-219)
    Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control To Present Draft Report on Nov. 13 In November 2006, Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control to examine the future of bibliographic description in the 21st century in light of advances in search engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources.
    • Date: 2007-10-30

July 2007

June 2007

March 2007

  • March 20, 2007  (07-057)
    Newspaper Archives To Go Online Release of "Chronicling America," the National Digital Newspaper Program Web site of historical newspapers.
    • Date: 2007-03-20
  • March 5, 2007  (07-040)
    National Literary Society of the Deaf Becomes a Center for the Book Reading Promotion Partner Twenty-eight deaf people, interested in furthering their education, attended the first meeting of the National Literary Society of the Deaf (NLSD) on Feb. 6, 1907, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. One hundred years later, that group has grown to some 2,000 organizations and individuals, who will certainly celebrate NLSD’s reading promotion partnership with the Library’s Center for the Book.
    • Date: 2007-03-05

December 2006

April 2006

  • April 19, 2006  (06-096)
    Library Holds Strategy Session on "Preserving Creative America" A recent Library of Congress strategy meeting with leading producers of commercial content in digital formats has revealed that creators of television, radio, music, film, photography, pictorial art and video games are keenly interested in the preservation of their digital materials for archival and other purposes.
    • Date: 2006-04-19

August 2003

  • August 15, 2003  (03-142)
    Library Accepts September 11 Digital Archive, Holds Symposium The Library of Congress will mark its first major digital acquisition of September 11, 2001, materials with the addition to its collections of the September 11 Digital Archive (http://911digitalarchive.org).
    • Date: 2003-08-15

July 1999

  • July 9, 1999  (99-056)
    Library of Congress Announces Bicentennial Projects Next April, the Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, will be 200 years old. Since its founding on April 24, 1800, the Library has grown into the world's largest library, a treasure house of America's and the world's creativity. What started with fewer than a thousand books has now grown into a collection featuring more than 115 million items in all...
    • Date: 1999-07-09