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 all-day celebration on Saturday, March 23, with a trove of family activities, including music, dancing, lectures and...
January 29, 2019
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...
January 28, 2019
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...
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...
January 10, 2019
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:...
December 17, 2018
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,...
November 13, 2018
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...
November 7, 2018
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....
November 1, 2018
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....
October 24, 2018
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...
October 12, 2018
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...
September 19, 2018
Kluge Center Presents Astrobiology Symposium and Book Talk in September
Kluge Center Presents Astrobiology Symposium and Book Talk in SeptemberThe John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in September will host a renowned social psychologist and the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Chair for events in September. 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...
September 17, 2018
Library Celebrates the Centennial of Architect Paul M. Rudolph
Considered one of America’s most innovative modernist architects, Paul Marvin Rudolph donated his archive to the Library of Congress and, in October, the nation’s library will celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth with a symposium and display of select items from his collection. The day-long forum will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Mumford Room on the...
September 17, 2018
Library to Hold Annual Fall Open Houses
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. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
September 13, 2018
Fall Baseball Programs Feature Latinos in the Game, New Books, Sportswriters
Public programs this fall accompanying the exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress will feature Latinos in baseball, new books on the game’s history leading up to the World Series and a panel of baseball writers covering the game today. The exhibition “Baseball Americana” explores baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for players and fans....
September 12, 2018
Hispanic Heritage Month Events at the Library of Congress
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs between September 15 and October 15, various divisions throughout the Library of Congress will host a collections display, a series of lectures, concerts, book talks and other programs and initiatives.Kicking off the month-long celebration will be a reading by Ecuadorian Poet Raúl Vallejoon Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Hispanic Reading Room (LJ-220) on the...
September 11, 2018
Veterans History Project Recognizes Gold Star Family Day with Legacy Panel
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will commemorate National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day with a panel of renowned experts who will discuss how families and organizations honor and preserve the legacy of the United States military members who died as a result of their service in war.The “Gold Star Legacy” panel will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1...
September 6, 2018
"Star Wars Under the Stars" at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress will screen the original trilogy episodes of the blockbuster series, and host related events in late September. All of the following events will take place at the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Washington, DC and are free and open to the public.Tickets are available for this free event, but not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served...
September 1, 2018
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,...
August 29, 2018
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...
August 28, 2018
Indigenous Inca, Taíno, Maya & Nahua Legacies Featured in Gallery Talks
This fall, the Library of Congress will present a series of four gallery talks in the exhibit “Exploring the Early Americas.” The talks will focus on the everyday lives of the indigenous people of the ancient Americas and the newly developing connection between archaeology and neuroscience.Starting in September, lectures will be held monthly through December on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the...
August 23, 2018
2018 National Book Festival Offers Adventures for Families, Readers of All Ages
A diverse lineup of authors – including 40 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 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 18th festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.) at the...
August 16, 2018
Library to Host 2018 National Student Poets Appointment Ceremony
Five outstanding youth poets chosen from among thousands of award-winning student writers will be appointed National Student Poets in a ceremony Aug. 30 at the Library of Congress. The young poets, who represent five different regions of the country, will read original works as part of a ceremony that will be led by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Institute of Museum and Library...
August 14, 2018
Library of Congress Announces 2018-2019 Concert Season
The Library of Congress launches an exciting and richly diverse 2018-2019 season of exceptional concerts, lectures, film screenings and conversations with artists and scholars, beginning Oct. 6, 2018, through June 1, 2019. The “Concerts from the Library of Congress” series presents an extraordinary selection of more than 75 free events embracing classical music, jazz, pop, dance and American musical theater and much more. The...
July 30, 2018
Library of Congress Presents "Anime for All"
A display of Japanese woodblock prints and medieval picture scrolls, a family-friendly cosplay workshop and a free talk with famed Japanese writer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will highlight the Library of Congress’ series of events 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...
July 13, 2018
Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures
The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns yesterday presented more than 225 rare, unique and historic items from 36 Library divisions. This will be only the second year that “Display Day” is open to the public since the program’s inauguration in 1991.The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m....
July 2, 2018
Library Washington Performing Arts Present Summer Concerts on the Lawn
The Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative will co-host the first “Summer Concerts on the Lawn”outdoor musical performance series. The performances will be Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from July 19 through Aug. 23 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The July 19 through Aug. 16 performances will...
June 22, 2018
Legal Historian to Discuss Historical Relationship of Religion, Politics and Law
Legal historian Sally Gordon will present the annual Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History Maguire Lecture titled, “When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion and Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War,” on Tuesday, July 10 at 3 p.m. The event will be held in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
June 19, 2018
Fourth Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture, July 19
E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Ross Douthat of the New York Times will reflect on the origins of the “ideal of the American Dream” as well as explore the different ways conservatives and liberals imagine the future of the dream. ABC News correspondent Ann Compton will moderate the conversation. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place...
June 15, 2018
22nd Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture June 26
International scholars will take part in a conference, part of the 22nd Vardanants Day Armenian lecture series, titled “New Topics in Armenian History and Culture.” The conference, which will explore the linguistic, artistic, social and musical history of Armenia, will take place on Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in room LJ119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street...
June 14, 2018
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...
June 13, 2018
Library to Host 2nd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill
The Library of Congress will host the second annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series—which will showcase iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry—will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 12 through Aug. 16 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.Tickets for...
June 1, 2018
Swann Foundation Fellow to Discuss Visual Culture of the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)
Swann Foundation Fellow Erika Pazian will give an illustrated lecture at the Library of Congress discussing the visual imagery produced on both sides of the border during the U.S.- Mexican War (1846-1848). Pazian will present “Villains to be Vanquished: Envisioning the Enemy in the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)” at noon on Thursday, June 21, in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the...
May 25, 2018
Summer of Baseball to Feature Family Day, Series of Programs with Library's 'Baseball Americana' Exhibition
A vintage baseball clinic based on the game’s 19th-century rules, a children’s performance about African-American ballplayers, a conversation with “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and a screening of the popular film “Field of Dreams” will highlight a summer of programs to accompany the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress.Baseball Americana Family Day on Saturday, July 14, will present a daylong series of...
May 14, 2018
Library to Host Public Symposium on the Bible in American History, June 7
Scholars who study the impact of Biblical text on public life in the United States will discuss their research in a symposium titled “The Bible in American History”on Thursday, June 7,at the Library of Congress.The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3 p.m. – 5p.m. in room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
May 11, 2018
Library's Cinematic Treasure Hunt for "Mostly Lost" Films
The hunt for lost cinematic treasure will take place again this year at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. Scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts will pool their collective expertise to find clues that will lead to the identification of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films at the seventh annual “Mostly Lost” workshop. This free...
May 9, 2018
'Call Me By Your Name' Author Kicks Off LGBT Month
In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, the Library of Congress will host two discussions with writers whose works explore life within the LGBT community and have been adapted to the big screen. From the critically acclaimed novel “Call Me By Your Name” to the adapted film “Love, Simon,” conversations with the authors of these stories, André Aciman and Becky...
May 7, 2018
Library of Congress Announces 2018 Homegrown Concert Series
The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music, dance and drama drawn from communities across the United States to the historic Coolidge Auditorium stage 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 Society of Greater Washington. The...
May 3, 2018
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...
April 23, 2018
Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center
From a timely look at the impact of “fake news” with Anne Applebaum to an exploration of the formation of Italian-American heritage as told by the spread of opera, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has an extraordinary line-up of public events scheduled for May. The major theme with these events is American democracy. All of the following events are...
April 20, 2018
Library Celebrates Children's Book Week
The Library of Congress will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program on May 3, featuring the story behind the discovery and publication of “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,”a previously unfinished Mark Twain folk tale brought to life by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator couple Philip and Erin Stead. This discussion is being hosted by the Library’s Young Readers...
April 19, 2018
Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month,...
April 18, 2018
Women in Entertainment Headline World Intellectual Property Day
World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26 since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Convention came into force. In celebration of this significant moment in history, the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress will feature prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. This year’s theme, announced by WIPO, is...
April 10, 2018
Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence,...
April 9, 2018
Kluge Center Hosts Conversation on Big Data and Its Impact on Democracy
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is hosting a special conversation with distinguished visiting scholar Martin Hilbert to discuss the impact of big data, computational analysis and machine learning on the democratic process. In this conversation, Hilbert will address both challenges and opportunities presented by emerging big data technologies.Kluge Center director John Haskell will join Hilbert for the discussion, titled...
April 6, 2018
Main Reading Room Open House on Memorial 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 Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
April 5, 2018
Book Talk, Special Tour Highlight Library Week Celebration
The Library of Congress will celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14) with a special evening event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, featuring a book talk by Kenneth Breisch, the author of “American Libraries 1730-1950,” followed by an extremely rare opportunity to walk around the gallery level on the third floor of the majestic Main Reading Room and enjoy its architectural wonder as...
March 30, 2018
Library Celebrates "Preservation Week: Pass It On"
The Library of Congress will celebrate Preservation Week (April 22-28) with a full day of programming on Monday, April 23 highlighting veterans collections. To highlight the preservation methods used to ensure ongoing access to its collections, the Library will host behind-the-scenes tours of its Preservation Directorate on Capitol Hill and a lecture focused on the Library’s work to collect, preserve, and honor the legacies...