News from the Library of Congress

November 2019

  • November 13, 2019  (19-108)
    Conversation with Martha Nussbaum at the Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence NOTE: This event has been canceled.The Law Library of Congress will present a conversation with philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum for the 2019 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Mumford Room of the Library of Congress, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building. The program is free and open...
    • Date: 2019-11-13
  • November 13, 2019  (19-111)
    Author to Discuss Former Congressman's Experience in World War II Internment Camp The 10th annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program will feature award-winning writer Andrea Warren and her book “Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II” (Holiday House).The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor...
    • Date: 2019-11-13

October 2019

  • October 30, 2019  (19-103)
    Library of Congress Hosts GIS Day 2019 The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response.The discussions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street....
    • Date: 2019-10-30
  • October 3, 2019  (19-092)
    Library of Congress to Hold Annual Fall Main Reading Room and Packard Campus Open Houses in October 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 Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2019-10-03

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
  • August 21, 2019  (19-080)
    2019 National Book Festival Offers Adventures for Families, Readers of All Ages An exciting lineup of more than 140 authors, poets and illustrators – including nearly 50 who write for children and teens – as well as readings, trivia, costumed characters and interactive exhibits will provide a wide variety of family-friendly activities at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 19th festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m....
    • Date: 2019-08-21
  • August 20, 2019  (19-079)
    Joy Harjo to Give Opening Reading as Poet Laureate, Sept. 19 Awarding-winning poet Joy Harjo will give her inaugural reading as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, Harjo is the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate.The historic reading marks the beginning of Harjo’s laureateship, which traditionally launches the Library’s 2019-2020 literary season....
    • Date: 2019-08-20
  • August 8, 2019  (19-077)
    Library of Congress Announces 2019-2020 Concert Season The Library of Congress is launching a spectacular and richly diverse 2019-2020 season with a concert by jazz icon and master pianist Chucho Valdés on Oct. 12, 2019. Marking the 95th season of the “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series is an impressive roster of more than 95 free events features classical music, jazz, pop, musical theater and dance. Concerts, lectures, film screenings...
    • Date: 2019-08-08

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
  • July 17, 2019  (19-071)
    Library of Congress "Anime for All" Returns The exclusive screening of the newly released GKIDS animated film “Okko’s Inn” will highlight the Library of Congress’ “Anime for All” series, which is being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.’s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom. “Anime for All,” a celebration of East Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration, will be...
    • Date: 2019-07-17
  • July 3, 2019  (19-072)
    Summer Programs to Feature Music, Film, Community Day and Gallery Talks with Library's Exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" Music and theatrical performances, an outdoor film screening, tours and gallery talks this summer will accompany the new exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote” at the Library of Congress, along with a full day of family activities during a Community Day on July 13 and a featured author at the National Book Festival on August 31.The exhibition “Shall Not Be...
    • Date: 2019-07-03

June 2019

  • June 26, 2019  (19-069)
    Fifth Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, July 16 On Tuesday, July 16, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, invites the public to attend the 2019 Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture. The fifth and final event of the series will feature political strategists David Axelrod and Karl Rove, who will discuss leadership, public discourse, political parties and campaigns in a changing...
    • Date: 2019-06-26
  • 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
  • June 24, 2019  (19-067)
    2nd Annual Summer Concerts On the Lawn The Library of Congress and the Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Arts D.C. project will co-host the “Summer Concerts on the Lawn” outdoor musical performance series. The performances take place Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 11 through Aug. 15 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The performances will be presented in conjunction...
    • Date: 2019-06-24
  • June 6, 2019  (19-061)
    3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill The Library of Congress will host the third annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series — which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry — will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 11 through Aug. 15 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the...
    • Date: 2019-06-06

May 2019

  • May 31, 2019  (19-058)
    In Conversation: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and 2018 Kluge Prize Recipient Drew Gilpin Faust on Women in Leadership On Thursday, June 13, the Library of Congress invites the public to attend a Changemaker Conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden: “Women in Leadership, Featuring Drew Gilpin Faust.” This John W. Kluge Center event will be held in room LJ-119 beginning at 6 p.m. It is located in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and...
    • Date: 2019-05-31
  • May 23, 2019  (19-057)
    Library's Cinematic Quest for "Mostly Lost" Films The Library of Congress will once again host a cadre of scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts on a cinematic hunt to find clues that will lead to the identification of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films at the eighth annual “Mostly Lost” workshop. The workshop will take place at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper,...
    • Date: 2019-05-23
  • 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
  • May 2, 2019  (19-049)
    New Exhibition 'Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote' to Feature Original Manuscripts, Images of Suffrage Movement Handwritten letters, speeches, photographs and scrapbooks, created by American suffragists who persisted for more than 70 years to win voting rights for women, will be featured in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” opening June 4, will tell the story of the largest reform movement in American history with documents and artifacts from...
    • Date: 2019-05-02
  • May 1, 2019  (19-50)
    "Crazy Rich Asians" Author at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will present a conversation with Singaporean American novelist and changemaker Kevin Kwan, known for his satirical novels “Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems,” who seeks to introduce contemporary Asian culture to an American audience. This event is presented as part of the Library’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month programming. Kwan will discuss the success of his best...
    • Date: 2019-05-01

April 2019

  • April 26, 2019  (19-043)
    Summer Is Coming: "Travel Around the World" Exploring Culture And Science through Library Events This summer, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
    • Date: 2019-04-26
  • April 19, 2019  (19-042)
    "Jioni wa Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o" (An Evening with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o) Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o presents his recently released publication titled, “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” at the Library of Congress.Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o will give a public reading of his 34th publication on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. Pre-event reception begins at 6 p.m. The event is free, but...
    • Date: 2019-04-19
  • 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
  • April 12, 2019  (19-038)
    Celebrate World IP Day 2019 with the Copyright Office The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with special events on April 25 and 27. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.”The first program will explore the unique and sometimes surprising relationship between sports and copyright on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 2 p.m. eastern time in the historic...
    • Date: 2019-04-12
  • April 12, 2019  (19-040)
    2019 Earth and Space Science Talks This month, the Library of Congress will kick off the annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its fourteenth year. The series is presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress.The first lecture of the series will be held on Tuesday, April 30and will celebrate the 50 year...
    • Date: 2019-04-12
  • April 10, 2019  (19-039)
    Kluge Center Hosts Events on "Earthrise" Photo, Ancient Maya Warfare The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites the public to attend two events hosted by its renowned scholars in residence in April. Both events will be held in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public however, tickets are suggested and are available on Eventbrite.Tuesday, April 23, 4...
    • Date: 2019-04-10

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
  • March 14, 2019  (19-033)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Conclude Her Laureateship in Conversation with State, City and County Poets Laureate The Library of Congress will honor Tracy K. Smith, who is concluding her two terms as the nation’s poet laureate, with an event exploring her outreach to rural communities and the roles of state, city and county poets laureate across the country.Smith will close the Library’s spring literary season on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “American Celebration” in the...
    • Date: 2019-03-14
  • March 14, 2019  (19- 031S)
    Library of Congress Announces 2019 Homegrown Concert Series The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music and dance drawn from communities across and beyond the United States to the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium stage for mid-day cultural concerts throughout the summer.The “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by AFC in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Folklore...
    • Date: 2019-03-14

February 2019

  • February 25, 2019  (19-008)
    Women's History Month Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host several events throughout March that celebrate the contributions of women to American history and culture. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Performing Black Womanhood” Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-240), Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C “Performing Black Womanhood” celebrates the intellectual and artistic lives of women...
    • Date: 2019-02-25
  • February 22, 2019  (19-020)
    Library to Explore Pressing Environmental Issues in a Program Honoring Annie Proulx, Winner of the Prize for American Fiction The Library of Congress will honor the lifetime achievement of novelist Annie Proulx, winner of the Library’s Prize for American Fiction, in a program titled “Climate Change, Nature and the Writer’s Eye.” The discussion on March 20 will explore the role of writers and the intersection between literature and the environment.Proulx is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News,” the renowned...
    • Date: 2019-02-22
  • February 21, 2019  (19-021)
    GRAMMY Award-Winning Superstar and Gershwin Prize Recipient Emilio Estefan "In Conversation with Librarian of Congress," March 11 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host a conversation with world-renowned music, television and film producer Emilio Estefan on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.The conversation is being presented as part of the Library’s 2019 initiative Explore America’s Changemakers. You can follow and join in on...
    • Date: 2019-02-21
  • February 21, 2019  (19-021S)
    El productor internacional Emilio Estefan conversará con la Bibliotecaria del Congreso en un evento especial La Bibliotecaria del Congreso de Estados Unidos Carla Hayden participará el lunes, 11 de marzo en un conversatorio con Emilio Estefan, reconocido productor musical de origen cubano y recipiente del Premio Gershwin, sobre la industria de la música, su carrera como empresario y su apoyo a nuevos talentos.La actividad se llevará a cabo en el auditorio Coolidge, del edificio Thomas Jefferson de la Biblioteca...
    • Date: 2019-02-21
  • February 11, 2019  (19-012)
    Library to Host Cherry Blossom Festival Events In honor of the annual celebration of Japan’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees, the Library of Congress announced that it will host two cultural events during the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, the nation’s most celebrated springtime festivity. Japanese Culture Day will kick off the Library’s daylong celebration on Saturday, March 23, with a trove of family activities, including music, dancing, lectures and...
    • Date: 2019-02-11

January 2019

  • January 29, 2019  (19-009)
    Semi-Annual 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 Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Presidents Day holiday, Monday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2019-01-29
  • January 28, 2019  (19-007)
    Theatrical Readings and Panel Discussions Among Highlights of African-American History Month The Library of Congress will host several events throughout February that celebrate African Americans and their contributions to the fabric of American culture and history. All of the following events are free and open to the public.“Conversation on the Omar Ibn Said Collection at the Library of Congress”Tuesday, February 5; 10 a.m.LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, In celebration of the...
    • Date: 2019-01-28
  • 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
  • January 22, 2019  (19-006)
    Spring Is Coming: Symposiums and Celebrations Highlight the Library's Event Calendar This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540). Please note that...
    • Date: 2019-01-22
  • January 10, 2019  (19-001)
    The Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright For the first time in 20 years, creative works entered the public domain in the United States on Jan. 1, 2019. To mark this occasion, the United States Copyright Office will host the Copyright Matters event “The Public Domain: Celebrating the Lifecycle of Copyright” on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.What:...
    • Date: 2019-01-10

December 2018

  • December 17, 2018  (18-148)
    Kluge Center Symposium Marks Centennial of Paris Peace Conference On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference, “The United States and the World: Legacies of the Paris Peace Conference.” The symposium will be held at 3 p.m. in room LJ-119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
    • Date: 2018-12-17

November 2018

  • November 13, 2018  (18-138)
    155th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at the Library of Congress On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Library of Congress will recognize the 155th anniversary of this historic speech with a one-day celebration, including work stations for a hands-on experience transcribing Lincoln documents using the Library’s new crowdsourcing tool.Visitors will have the opportunity to view the earliest known draft of the Gettysburg Address and participate in a...
    • Date: 2018-11-13
  • November 7, 2018  (18-137)
    Winter Is Coming: Library Events Nov. 2018–Jan. 2019 This holiday season, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the newly-designed public events calendar. Headlining the fall/winter line-up are two events to spread awareness of digital tools that can be used analyze and simplify the information and data available here at the Library.On Nov....
    • Date: 2018-11-07
  • November 1, 2018  (18-127)
    Poet Jorie Graham to Receive 2018 Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry The Library of Congress will award the 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to Jorie Graham for her 2017 book “Fast.”Graham, who is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University, will receive the award and read selections from her work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave....
    • Date: 2018-11-01

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
  • October 12, 2018  (18-133)
    200th Anniversary of Frankenstein for Halloween at the Library It has been 200 years since English novelist Mary Shelley captured our imagination with the gothic classic "Frankenstein." To commemorate this bicentennial the Library of Congress will host “Frankenreads,” a Bloomsday-style public read-athon of the novel in its entirety on Oct. 31 in the Library’s Main Reading Room. The reading will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are not...
    • Date: 2018-10-12