News from the Library of Congress

September 2017

  • 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 22, 2017  (17-115)
    2017 National Book Festival Is a Literature Adventure for Kids of All Ages From a great lineup of authors—including more than 40 who write for children and teens—to special guests like Captain Underpants and new, exciting activities designed to delight and inform, the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be a literature adventure for kids of all ages. The 17th National Book Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center from 9 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-08-22

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 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
  • 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

April 2017

  • April 7, 2017  (17-051)
    Gene Luen Yang Launches "Reading Without Walls" Project Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will launch his Reading Without Walls reading program during a Library of Congress event on Monday, April 10, at 10 a.m. in Room LJ 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Attendees will be seated on...
    • Date: 2017-04-07

March 2017

  • March 27, 2017  (17-039)
    Wayne Wiegand, Timothy Breen, and Jose Casanova To Deliver Kluge Center Lectures Three lectures at the John W. Kluge Center this April and May will consider the distinctive role of public-school libraries; new perspectives on the American Revolution; and globalization through the prism of religion.  The lectures will feature the work of senior scholars who have spent time in residence at the Library of Congress during the spring.The events, which are free and open to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-27
  • March 10, 2017  (17-028)
    Library Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current world history or world geography teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2017-18 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/teacher-in-residence/. Applications are due Monday, April 17.The Educational Outreach division develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled collections...
    • Date: 2017-03-10

February 2017

  • February 23, 2017  (17-020)
    Librarian of Congress Hosts Women's History Month Event Featuring Leaders in the Arts Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on March 22 will host a discussion with three dynamic leaders in the arts in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress.“In Conversation with the Librarian of Congress: Leaders in the Arts, a Celebration of Women’s History Month” will feature Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony; Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy...
    • Date: 2017-02-23

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 27, 2017  (17-012)
    Library to Hold Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The first open house of 2017 will take place on the Presidents Day holiday, Monday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson...
    • Date: 2017-01-27
  • January 25, 2017  (17-010)
    Library to Offer Array of Events and Initiatives to Mark the U.S. Entry into World War I To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Library of Congress is offering an array of exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, Victory Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the largest multi-format collection of materials...
    • Date: 2017-01-25
  • January 18, 2017  (17-007)
    Young Readers Center Adds Saturday Hours The Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress will host a series of events on Jan. 28 celebrating its new Saturday hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center, which opened in October 2009, will offer more young people and their families the opportunity to experience the wonders and resources of the nation’s library.Activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to...
    • Date: 2017-01-18

October 2016

  • October 11, 2016  (16-165)
    Library Hosts Online Conference for Educators As the new school year gets into full swing, the Library of Congress will bring teachers and education experts from across the nation together in its second annual online conference for educators.
    • Date: 2016-10-11

September 2016

August 2016

  • August 4, 2016  (16-126)
    Library Announces Grant Recipients for Educational App Development The Library of Congress today announced the selection of two organizations that will receive a total of $489,219 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms.
    • Date: 2016-08-04

July 2016

June 2016

  • June 8, 2016  (16-102)
    Educators Nationwide to Participate in Summer Teacher Institutes Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute to take place in June, July and August.
    • Date: 2016-06-08
  • June 2, 2016  (16-097)
    Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets The Library of Congress has introduced new Student Disovery sets for tablets including the first periodic table of chemical elements, Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten record of temperatures at Monticello and eye-popping posters documenting public programs during the Great Depression.
    • Date: 2016-06-02
  • June 2, 2016  (16-099)
    2016 Letters About Literature Reading-Writing Program Winners Announced Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program that 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, has announced its 2016 winners.
    • Date: 2016-06-02

December 2015

November 2015

  • November 23, 2015  (15-209)
    "Star Wars" Event to Feature Four Young People's Authors Four best-selling authors for young people who have written new books based on the “Star Wars” saga will read aloud in a “readers’ theater” presentation from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at the Library of Congress in its Coolidge Auditorium.
    • Date: 2015-11-23

October 2015

  • October 28, 2015  (15-195)
    Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners for 2015 Announced Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao today announced the recipients of the 2015 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.
    • Date: 2015-10-28
  • October 22, 2015  (15-188)
    Program to Highlight Native American Research and Resource Organizations On Nov. 10, "Connecting American Indian and Federal Libraries" will showcase three Native American research and resource organizations and nearly 20 presenters from the tribal, federal and scholarly communities.
    • Date: 2015-10-22
  • 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
  • October 2, 2015  (15-176)
    National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest Winners Announced The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division, along with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners.
    • Date: 2015-10-02
  • October 1, 2015  (15-177)
    Library Announces Its First Online Conference for Educators The Library of Congress will bring teachers and education experts from across the nation together in its first online conference for educators.
    • Date: 2015-10-01

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 22, 2015  (15-168)
    Library of Congress Selects Two 2015-2016 Teachers-In-Residence Tom Bober, librarian at R.M. Captain Elementary School in Clayton, Missouri, and Trey Smith, science teacher at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, have been selected to serve as the 2015-2016 Teachers-in-Residence at the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2015-09-22
  • September 17, 2015  (15-162)
    Ambassador Robert Gallucci to Serve as Director of the John W. Kluge Center Robert L. Gallucci, a former U.S. ambassador who most recently served as president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has been named the interim director of the Library’s John W. Kluge Center.
    • Date: 2015-09-17
  • September 10, 2015  (15-158)
    Library Announces Grant Recipients for Educational App Development The Library of Congress today announced the selection of three organizations that will receive a total of $950,000 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms.
    • Date: 2015-09-10
  • 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
  • September 5, 2015  (15-157)
    15th National Book Festival Welcomes Thousands The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival celebrated a day featuring more than 170 authors on 18 stages and program areas.
    • Date: 2015-09-05

August 2015

July 2015