News from the Library of Congress

November 2020

October 2020

  • October 29, 2020  (20-071)
    Making Our Mark: 2021 Innovator in Residence to Focus on Creative Notetaking The strike-throughs, underlines, doodles, and marginalia made by historical figures in their personal papers at the Library of Congress give researchers a more intimate sense of who they were. These markings sometimes shed light on the story of how a work was made or received. Researchers can understand more about the creative process, opinions and musings of people throughout the centuries by understanding these...
    • Date: 2020-10-29
  • October 20, 2020  (20-068)
    Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Awarded to "Hold Your Fire," Directed by Stefan Forbes The Better Angels Society, the Library of Congress, and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that the second annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film has been awarded to “Hold Your Fire,” a new film directed by Stefan Forbes (“Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story”). The film will receive a $200,000 finishing grant to assist with post-production costs.Produced by Amir Soltani...
    • Date: 2020-10-20

September 2020

  • September 10, 2020  (20-058)
    Library of Congress Announces Winners of the 2020 Literacy Awards Five organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.Top prizes are being awarded to The Immigrant Learning Center, The International Rescue Committee, Inc. – Pakistan Reading Project, the National Center for Families Learning, Pratham Books and Room to Read. The Literacy Awards, originated by David M. Rubenstein...
    • Date: 2020-09-10
  • September 8, 2020  (20-059)
    Library of Congress Welcomes Albert Einstein Fellow for New School Year The Library of Congress has welcomed Peter DeCraene as its newest Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow. DeCraene will work closely with the Library’s Learning and Innovation Office to make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States.“We have been on a mission for the past few years to demonstrate the value of primary sources across the curriculum and...
    • Date: 2020-09-08

August 2020

  • August 19, 2020  (20-053)
    Library of Congress Honors Oklahoma City and San Francisco Libraries for Service to Print-Disabled Readers The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress announced today that it will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, received the Regional Library of the Year Award. The Talking Books and Braille...
    • Date: 2020-08-19

July 2020

  • July 13, 2020  (20-046)
    2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to Colson Whitehead Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels “The Nickel Boys” and “The Underground Railroad,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 25-27.Whitehead, 50, is the youngest person to receive the Library’s fiction award for his lifetime of work.“Colson Whitehead’s work is...
    • Date: 2020-07-13

June 2020

  • June 24, 2020  (20-044)
    Library of Congress FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business, and scholarly communities and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The Fiscal Year 2019 winners...
    • Date: 2020-06-24
  • June 22, 2020  (20-043)
    Library of Congress to Award Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Danielle Allen Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, will receive the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.Allen will collaborate with the Library on an initiative she has designed, titled “Our Common Purpose—A Campaign for Civic Strength at...
    • Date: 2020-06-22

May 2020

  • May 28, 2020  (20-036)
    Library of Congress Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2020 Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will be conducted virtually.This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 26 to July 31, includes 27 special projects across divisions of the Library of Congress. The program will expose the Junior...
    • Date: 2020-05-28

April 2020

  • April 30, 2020  (20-034)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Appointed for a Second Term Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Joy Harjo to serve a second term as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2020-2021. During her second term, Harjo will launch a new Library of Congress collection and online map featuring Native poets and poetry.“Joy Harjo is such an inspiring and engaging poet laureate,” Hayden said. “I’m thrilled she said yes to a...
    • Date: 2020-04-30

February 2020

  • February 7, 2020  (20-006)
    Kluge Center Welcomes New 2020 Scholars The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce several new scholars who have arrived or will arrive in residence in 2020.Hal Brands will hold the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations beginning in July and will continue through December.Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International...
    • Date: 2020-02-07

January 2020

  • January 13, 2020  (20-002)
    Jason Reynolds Named New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jason Reynolds as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-2021. The Newbery Honor recipient succeeds Jacqueline Woodson, who served as National Ambassador in 2018-2019.Reynolds is the author of 13 books for young people including his most recent, “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told...
    • Date: 2020-01-13

November 2019

  • November 18, 2019  (19-113)
    Hip Hop and Human-Computer Interaction Focus of 2020 Innovators in Residence The Library of Congress today announced the arrival of its 2020 Innovators in Residence, who will break new ground at the intersections of technology and hip hop, historic newspapers and classic illustrations. Established in 2017 to invite creative people to develop research concepts and projects that connect the American people with the Library’s vast collections, the Innovator in Residence program brings some of the...
    • Date: 2019-11-18

October 2019

  • October 16, 2019  (19-100)
    Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Awarded to "Flannery," Directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco The Better Angels Society, the Library of Congress and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that the first Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film has been awarded to “Flannery,” a new film directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Jesuit priest Mark Bosco that documents the life of Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor. “Flannery” is a feature-length documentary that explores the life and writings...
    • Date: 2019-10-16
  • October 2, 2019  (19-097)
    Garth Brooks to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that country music titan Garth Brooks is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The multiple hall of famer is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize.“Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music,” said Librarian of Congress Carla...
    • Date: 2019-10-02
  • October 1, 2019  (19-096)
    Kluge Center Welcomes Chairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholars The John W. Kluge Center has announced the arrival of several scholars-in-residence at the Library of Congress.Andrea Campbell holds the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance. Campbell is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She works on American politics, political behavior, public opinion and political equality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health...
    • Date: 2019-10-01

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
  • September 27, 2019  (19-094)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Awards 2019 Music Commissions The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to four composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Erin Gee and JACK Quartet; George E. Lewis and PUBLIQuartet; David...
    • Date: 2019-09-27
  • September 9, 2019  (19-087)
    Library Goes Back to School with Teachers of Science and Civics The Library of Congress kicked off the 2019-20 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus who will work closely with the Library’s learning and innovation team to help make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States.Jen Reidel, a civics teacher from Bellingham, Wash., has been named the 2019-2020 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of...
    • Date: 2019-09-09

August 2019

  • August 29, 2019  (19-081)
    Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2019 Literacy Awards Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will award the top prizes to: ProLiteracy Worldwide of Syracuse, New York; American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults of...
    • Date: 2019-08-29

July 2019

  • July 2, 2019  (19-064)
    Library of Congress Announces Reading-Writing Competition Winners Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2019. The national program, concluding its 27th year, asks students in grades 4 to 12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives.More than 29,000 students from across the country participated in this year’s initiative. The contest is promoted by the Library’s Center...
    • Date: 2019-07-02

June 2019

  • June 19, 2019  (19-066)
    Librarian of Congress Names Joy Harjo the Nation's 23rd Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position – she...
    • Date: 2019-06-19
  • June 10, 2019  (19-060)
    Local Teachers to Participate in National Education Program at Library of Congress Local educators across the nation have been selected from a pool of more than 280 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institute, part of the Teaching with Primary Sources program. Institute sessions will run from June 19 to August 2. This year, the Library of Congress will offer three week-long programs and an additional three-day session focused on the needs...
    • Date: 2019-06-10
  • June 7, 2019  (19-063)
    Library of Congress Appoints Frances Lee as Inaugural Chair in Congressional Policymaking The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Frances Lee, Princeton University professor of politics and public affairs, as the inaugural chair in congressional policymaking at the Library. The chair was made possible with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.While she is in residence, Lee will research legislative negotiation and bargaining processes in Congress, focusing...
    • Date: 2019-06-07

May 2019

  • May 31, 2019  (19-059)
    Library of Congress Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2019 Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program.This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 28 to Aug. 2, includes 32 special projects across divisions of the Library of Congress. The program will expose the Junior Fellows to the breadth and depth of the work that takes place...
    • Date: 2019-05-31
  • May 16, 2019  (19-054)
    Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to Richard Ford Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Richard Ford, author of “Independence Day” – the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award – will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Aug. 31.“He has been called our Babe Ruth of novelists, and there is good reason...
    • Date: 2019-05-16
  • May 14, 2019  (19-048)
    Library of Congress Appoints Simon Martin as Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the Early Americas The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Simon Martin, an anthropologist and specialist in Maya hieroglyphic writing, as the 2019-2020 Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. Martin will begin his tenure in November 2019.The Kislak chair helps nourish a wide conversation ranging from the technical aspects...
    • Date: 2019-05-14
  • May 10, 2019  (19-047)
    Library of Congress Honors Pennsylvania and Virginia Libraries for Service to Blind Readers The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (CLP-LBPH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while the Staunton Talking Book...
    • Date: 2019-05-10

April 2019

  • April 29, 2019  (19-045)
    Library of Congress Recognizes Federal Library Community Change Makers The Library of Congress has announced the winners of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.FEDLINK will honor the 2019 award winners at an event on May 7, 2019, at the...
    • Date: 2019-04-29

March 2019

  • March 13, 2019  (19-029)
    Global Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated international superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, March 13. The extraordinary roster of performers will honor the Estefens and their Cuban-infused sound at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.The...
    • Date: 2019-03-13
  • March 13, 2019  (19-029s)
    Emilio y Gloria Estefan hacen historia en concierto homenaje del Premio Gershwin Los magnates de la música, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, serán reconocidos con el Premio Gershwin a la Canción Popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos en un concierto homenaje por los mejores artistas de la nación en la capital el miércoles, 13 de marzo en la noche. Otorgado en reconocimiento del legendario equipo de composición, George e Ira Gershwin, el Premio Gershwin...
    • Date: 2019-03-13
  • March 7, 2019  (19-025)
    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current civics teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2019-20 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/teacher-in-residence/index.html. Applications are due on Monday, April 8, 2019.The Learning and Innovation team develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled collections...
    • Date: 2019-03-07

February 2019

  • February 6, 2019  (19-015)
    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. The application period is January 23 to February 22, 2019. The Library will select up to six applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2019. The program is open to...
    • Date: 2019-02-06

December 2018

  • December 13, 2018  (18-146)
    Library Opens Nominations for Outstanding Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2018.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library...
    • Date: 2018-12-13

November 2018

  • 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 11, 2018  (18-131)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2018 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Stefano Gervasoni and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Huck Hodge and...
    • Date: 2018-10-11

September 2018

  • September 24, 2018  (18-124)
    International Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Named Recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.The Estefans symbolize the rich cultural diversity of the American...
    • Date: 2018-09-24
  • September 24, 2018  (18-124S)
    Superestrellas internacionales Emilio y Gloria Estefan galardonados con el Premio Gershwin La Bibliotecaria del Congreso, Carla Hayden, anunció hoy que la pareja de artistas, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, será la próxima en recibir el Premio Gershwin a la canción popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso.La cadena de televisión pública, PBS (sigla en inglés), transmitirá por sus estaciones la serie de conciertos del Premio Gershwin, ganadora de un premio Emmy.El dúo Estefan simboliza la diversidad cultural...
    • Date: 2018-09-24
  • September 21, 2018  (18-121)
    Library Announces New Visiting Scholars at Kluge Center The John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress has welcomed a new cohort of scholars, who will be in residence during the fall and winter. They will be involved in research, conversations with lawmakers and their staff, as well as in programs for the public.The scholars are Henry Jenkins, Kathleen Kaveny, Ivan Krastev, Marvin Overby and Adam Rothman. Henry Jenkins is the...
    • Date: 2018-09-21
  • September 18, 2018  (18-109)
    Teachers at the Library of Congress Take Innovation Back to School In celebration of the new school year, the Library of Congress welcomed two teachers from Connecticut and Idaho to work closely with the Library’s primary sources collections in Washington, D.C.The following teachers will help make primary sources at the Library more accessible for students and teachers everywhere.Carolyn Bennett, a music teacher at Wheeler Middle/High School in North Stonington, Connecticut, has been selected to serve...
    • Date: 2018-09-18

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
  • August 30, 2018  (18-110)
    National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its “A Book That Shaped Me”: Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.More than 300 young readers submitted essays to participating public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region in this seventh year of the contest. Launched in 2012...
    • Date: 2018-08-30
  • August 20, 2018  (18-098)
    Library Appoints Literature and Science Scholar Bruce Clarke as the Baruch S. Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Bruce Clarke as the sixth Baruch S. Blumberg chair in astrobiology. Clarke will be in residence at the Kluge Center for a period of ten months beginning in December, 2018.The Astrobiology chair at the Kluge Center is a collaboration between the NASA Astrobiology Program and the Library of Congress. It is named for Baruch “Barry”...
    • Date: 2018-08-20

July 2018

  • July 12, 2018  (18-091)
    Library of Congress Announces Application-Development Winners to Receive Over $1 Million in Grants The Library of Congress today announced the selection of three organizations that will receive a total of $1,058,513 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on subjects related to Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.From a mobile game with civics-themed musicals, to an app that takes users back in time to the pre-19th Amendment...
    • Date: 2018-07-12
  • July 9, 2018  (18-090)
    Library of Congress Appoints Innovator-in-Residence Jer Thorp to Second Term The Library of Congress has selected Jer Thorp to serve a second term as the Innovator-in-Residence. Thorp will continue his exploration of increasing spontaneous digital discovery in libraries with a tool and conceptual framework he is calling the “Serendipity Engine.”Thorp is best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. As a leading voice for...
    • Date: 2018-07-09
  • July 5, 2018  (18-087)
    Recently Graduated Librarians Inaugurate Residency Program at Library of Congress In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Library of Congress welcomed five librarians to its Librarians-in-Residence pilot program this summer. The residency runs from June 11 to December with the possibility of extension.The program gives early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and receive mentoring from seasoned staff at the Library.The five residents were selected from...
    • Date: 2018-07-05

June 2018

  • June 20, 2018  (18-082)
    High School Students Win Top-Two Prizes for Congressional Data Challenge at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress today announced the winners of the Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to use legislative data sets sourced from Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways.High school students won the top-two prizes for the data-based competition, which was open to the general public. The first place winners, awarded...
    • Date: 2018-06-20
  • June 12, 2018  (18-066)
    Library of Congress to Award Drew Gilpin Faust Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Drew Gilpin Faust, historian, university president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” will receive the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.The $1 million Kluge Prize, bestowed through the generosity of the late John W. Kluge, will be awarded during a...
    • Date: 2018-06-12