National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest Winners Announced
The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature 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 sixth year of the contest....
August 15, 2017
Library to Host Appointment Ceremony of 2017 National Student Poets
The Library of Congress will host the appointment ceremony of the sixth class of the National Student Poets Program, honoring five outstanding youth poets from across the United States for their original work, on Thursday, August 31. The National Student Poets, who represent five different regions of the country, will read original works as part of the ceremony, which will be led by Librarian...
July 11, 2017
Prize for American Fiction to Be Awarded Posthumously to Denis Johnson
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Denis Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “Jesus’ Son” and the novel “Tree of Smoke,” will posthumously receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 2.The National Book Festival and the prize ceremony will take place at the Walter E. Washington...
July 10, 2017
Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center
Lucianne Walkowicz will hold the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She will begin on Oct. 1, 2017, and be in residence for 12 months.Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium, in Chicago, where she studies stellar magnetic activity and its influence on planetary habitability, using data from...
Librarian of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith Poet Laureate
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2017-2018. Smith will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season in September with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, succeeds Juan Felipe...
June 9, 2017
Letters About Literature Reading-Writing Program Winners Announced
Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, 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.More than 43,700 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which...
June 7, 2017
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...
May 5, 2017
FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship
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 government, business, scholarly communities and the American public.FEDLINK will honor the 2016 award winners at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 9, 2017, at the Library of Congress...
January 31, 2017
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...
January 12, 2017
New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center
Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9. They will conduct research at the Library for four months.David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a film theorist and historian. He has written more than 15 volumes...
December 20, 2016
Poet Laureate Selects 2017 Witter Bynner Fellow, Ray Gonzalez
The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Ray Gonzalez for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship.Herrera will introduce a program celebrating Gonzalez at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540. The event is free and...
December 14, 2016
With "20,000 Leagues," the National Film Registry Reaches 700
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance. This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling...
Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 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 organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.
September 26, 2016
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.
Carla D. Hayden Sworn In as 14th Librarian of Congress
Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, was sworn in today as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term, by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr.
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.
Senate Confirms Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress
The United States Senate today by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.
Indiana and Michigan Libraries Honored
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress today recognized two libraries in Indiana and Michigan for outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled.
Wendy Hall Named Kluge Chair in Technology and Society
Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, England, and an early pioneer in serious research on computing and the web, has arrived at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society.