News from the Library of Congress

January 2020

December 2019

  • December 18, 2019  (19-120)
    New Endowment to Support National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled The Library of Congress today announced a major endowment in support of the work of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Established by Susan D. Diskin in honor of her late mother, the Tiby Diskin Memorial Fund will provide resources for the Library to expand its services to individuals with visual impairments and other print disabilities.The first initiative made...
    • Date: 2019-12-18

November 2019

  • November 8, 2019  (19-105)
    Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for the 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2020 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. This is a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world. For more information or to apply for the program, visit https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 20. From exploring new ways...
    • Date: 2019-11-08

September 2019

  • September 30, 2019  (19-078)
    Library Announces Grant Recipients for Teaching with Primary Sources The Library of Congress today announced the selection of four organizations that will receive more than $1.1 million through its Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program to support the effective use of digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. The selected organizations will focus their efforts on creating teaching materials and professional opportunities for teachers using Library of Congress online resources.The Library received 35 proposals...
    • Date: 2019-09-30

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

  • May 9, 2019  (19-051)
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Join Leading Authors at 2019 National Book Festival U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be among the featured speakers at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, along with dozens of best-selling authors, novelists, historians, poets and children’s writers, the Library announced today. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.Ginsburg will...
    • Date: 2019-05-09

January 2019

  • January 31, 2019  (19-013)
    New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
    • Date: 2019-01-31
  • January 9, 2019  (19-003)
    Library of Congress to Accept Applications for 2019 Literacy Awards Beginning Jan. 14 Applications will be accepted for the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards beginning Jan. 14, and the deadline for applications is March 8. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in...
    • Date: 2019-01-09

November 2018

August 2018

  • August 31, 2018  (18-104)
    Library Announces Winners of 2018 Literacy Awards Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide were awarded the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced tonight.Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein awarded the top prizes to: Reading Is Fundamental of Washington, D.C.; East Side Community School of New York City; and Instituto Pedagógico...
    • Date: 2018-08-31

April 2018

  • April 30, 2018  (18-058)
    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....
    • Date: 2018-04-30

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 1, 2018  (18-010)
    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,...
    • Date: 2018-02-01

December 2017

  • December 18, 2017  (17-181)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-12-18

June 2017

  • June 21, 2017  (17-091)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-06-21
  • June 1, 2017  (17-078)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-06-01

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

October 2015

  • October 6, 2015  (15-179)
    Texas Center for the Book Has New Home at State Library and Archives The Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announce the relocation of the Texas Center for the Book to a new home at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin, Texas.
    • Date: 2015-10-06
  • October 5, 2015  (15-175)
    FEDLINK Opens Nominations for Federal Librarianship Awards To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, research, scholarly communities and the American public, FEDLINK has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for FY2015.
    • Date: 2015-10-05

September 2015

  • September 25, 2015  (15-174)
    Billington to Retire September 30 James H. Billington announced today that he will retire as the 13th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 30.
    • Date: 2015-09-25
  • September 5, 2015  (15-156)
    Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Announces His Project, La Casa de Colores In his first official appearance as the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera announced today the official project of his laureateship, La Casa de Colores—including an invitation to Americans to contribute a verse to an “epic poem” about the American experience.
    • Date: 2015-09-05

August 2015

July 2015

  • July 30, 2015  (15-133)
    Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns today presented more than 100 rare and unique items from 19 Library divisions. The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the significance of the collection items they have researched and processed during their internships.
    • Date: 2015-07-30

June 2015

January 2015

September 2010

November 2008

September 2008

January 2008

  • January 10, 2008  (08-009)
    Library of Congress, Microsoft Announce Agreement to Support New Interactive Experience for Visitors The Library of Congress and Microsoft Corp. have signed a cooperative agreement that will change the way Library visitors experience history. The joint technology initiative will electronically deliver the Library’s immense collection of historical artifacts to patrons visiting its Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., and will allow unparalleled and immersive interactive experiences that will bring the institution’s vast historical collections and exhibits to...
    • Date: 2008-01-10

September 2007

June 2007

April 2007

  • April 18, 2007  (07-088)
    Library of Congress Nominated for Two Webby Awards The Library of Congress's award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov has been nominated for two prestigious Webby Awards, which are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
    • Date: 2007-04-18

March 2007

  • 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

April 2006

March 2006

December 2003

December 2002

  • December 6, 2002  (02-172)
    New Hampshire Approved as the 50th State Center Affiliate The Library of Congress has approved a proposal from the New Hampshire State Library for the establishment of a New Hampshire Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2002-12-06

October 2002

  • October 28, 2002  (02-155)
    Rhode Island Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal from the Providence Public Library for the establishment of a Rhode Island Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2002-10-28
  • October 28, 2002  (02-156)
    Delaware Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal from the Delaware Division of Libraries/State Library for the establishment of a Delaware Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2002-10-28

May 2002

  • May 2, 2002  (02-067)
    South Dakota Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal for the establishment of a South Dakota Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The South Dakota Humanities Council will be the home of the new center.
    • Date: 2002-05-02

March 2002

  • March 18, 2002  (02-034)
    Iowa Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal for the establishment of an Iowa Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The home of the Iowa center will be the Iowa State Library in Des Moines.
    • Date: 2002-03-18
  • March 4, 2002  (02-025)
    New York Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal for the establishment of a New York Center for Books and Reading that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The home of the New York center will be the E.S. Bird Library, Syracuse University.
    • Date: 2002-03-04

December 2001

  • December 11, 2001  (01-178)
    Hawaii Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal from the Hawaii State Library for the creation of a Hawaii Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2001-12-11
  • December 10, 2001  (01-177)
    New Jersey Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal to create a New Jersey Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The New Jersey Center for the Book will be hosted by the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick, N.J. It...
    • Date: 2001-12-10

June 2001

  • June 11, 2001  (01-085)
    Alabama Center for the Book Approved The Library of Congress has approved a proposal from the Auburn University Center for the Arts & Humanities for the creation of an Alabama Center for the Book that will be affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress."This new partnership is a welcome development," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "Alabama is our 42nd state center...
    • Date: 2001-06-11