March 21, 2018 (18-028)National Recording Registry Reaches 500 Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the...
- Date: 2018-03-21
December 13, 2017 (17-178)2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams' Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
- Date: 2017-12-13
August 28, 2017 (17-119)Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will...
- Date: 2017-08-28
August 3, 2017 (17-109)Library Announces Complete Lineup of Authors for 2017 National Book Festival Book lovers of all ages will find something to enjoy at the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2. A star-studded and diverse lineup of more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will be presenting from the festival stages at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 9:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Doors to the convention center...
- Date: 2017-08-03
May 16, 2017 (17-068)Library Offers Largest Release of Digital Catalog Records in History The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA). Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually...
- Date: 2017-05-16
March 29, 2017 (17-029)National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the...
- Date: 2017-03-29
January 10, 2017 (17-004)Library of Congress Looks at Presidential Inaugurations in Wide-Ranging Display from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4 A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures—the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln—and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs. The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.“Presidential Inauguration Treasures” will be on view from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4,...
- Date: 2017-01-10
December 14, 2016 (16-209)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...
- Date: 2016-12-14
October 10, 2016 (16-181)Library of Congress Ceremonial Office Opened for Public Viewing Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that the historic and architecturally beautiful Ceremonial Office in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building will be open to the public.
- Date: 2016-10-10
August 3, 2016 (16-121)Full Slate of Authors Confirmed for 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival The extraordinary roster of writers, poets and artists who will participate in the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival has now been confirmed for the 16th annual event, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24.
- Date: 2016-08-03
July 13, 2016 (16-110)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.
- Date: 2016-07-13
July 12, 2016 (16-112)Stephen King to Open Main Stage at National Book Festival Stephen King will open the Main Stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival with a presentation and recognition by the Library of his lifelong work promoting literacy
- Date: 2016-07-12
July 5, 2016 (16-106)Librarian of Congress Names Smokey Robinson Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao today announced that Smokey Robinson is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
- Date: 2016-07-05
March 29, 2016 (16-058)Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Awarded to Marilynne Robinson Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao has announced that Marilynne Robinson, author of such critically acclaimed novels as “Gilead” and “Home,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 24.
- Date: 2016-03-29
March 23, 2016 (16-056)National Recording Registry Recognizes "Mack the Knife," Motown and Mahler Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao today named 25 new sound recordings to the registry that have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation's aural legacy.
- Date: 2016-03-23
March 15, 2016 (16-053)Library of Congress National Book Festival Welcomes Extraordinary Lineup of Writers The Library of Congress National Book Festival routinely attracts the participation of many of the nation’s most-honored and most-respected authors, and 2016 is no exception. This year’s festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.).
- Date: 2016-03-15
February 23, 2016 (16-039)Veterans History Project Reaches Milestone with 100,000th Collection The Library of Congress Veterans History Project today announced it has archived its 100,000th veteran’s collection.
- Date: 2016-02-23
February 19, 2016 (16-033)Library of Congress Literacy Awards Initiates State Program Literacy promoters in seven states have received awards through state centers for the book, supported by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards program. The awards were granted to projects and individuals in California, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
- Date: 2016-02-19
February 1, 2016 (16-023)The Library of Congress by the Numbers in 2015 The Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats.
- Date: 2016-02-01
December 16, 2015 (15-216)2015 National Film Registry: "Ghostbusters" Gets the Call Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures of cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
- Date: 2015-12-16
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 28, 2015 (15-151)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.
- Date: 2015-08-28
August 24, 2015 (15-146)New App Puts National Book Festival on Smartphones As part of the celebration of the 15th anniversary of its National Book Festival this year, the Library of Congress has added a free, robust smartphone app designed to help attendees get the most out of their all-day festival experience.
- Date: 2015-08-24
August 14, 2015 (15-142)More Than 175 Authors to Participate in Library of Congress National Book Festival The 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be the most expansive one in its 15-year history, with more than 175 authors, poets and illustrators in its 18 pavilions and programs.
- Date: 2015-08-14
August 5, 2015 (15-138)El nuevo pabellón internacional del Festival Nacional del Libro 2015, de la Biblioteca del Congreso, incluirá a afamados escritores de Latinoamérica Los más destacados escritores de varios países latinoamericanos, entre estos México, Colombia, Chile, Perú y Argentina, se presentarán en el nuevo pabellón internacional del Festival Nacional del Libro de la Biblioteca del Congreso el sábado 5 de septiembre en el Walter E. Washington Convention Cent
- Date: 2015-08-05
August 5, 2015 (15-130)New International Pavilion at the Library of Congress 2015 National Book Festival Features Celebrated Writers From Throughout Latin America Best-selling Latin American fiction writers from numerous countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina, will be featured in the new International Pavilion at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.
- Date: 2015-08-05
July 29, 2015 (15-131)Library of Congress National Book Festival Offers Thematic Programs and Panels Throughout the Day Sept. 5 Many fascinating thematic programs and panel discussions will be offered throughout the Library of Congress National Book Festival Saturday, Sept. 5.
- Date: 2015-07-29
July 24, 2015 (15-129)15th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival Coming Sept. 5 The organizations sponsoring the Library of Congress National Book Festival offer an array of fun and exciting activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages in the exhibition area, on the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
- Date: 2015-07-24
July 17, 2015 (15-123)Library of Congress National Book Festival Evening Programs Include First-Time-Ever Romance Fiction Pavilion The 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will offer, for the first time, a pavilion devoted exclusively to romance novels.
- Date: 2015-07-17
July 9, 2015 (15-117)Librarian of Congress Names Willie Nelson Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress James Billington today announced that Willie Nelson is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
- Date: 2015-07-09
June 23, 2015 (15-112)Books to Movies Program at Library of Congress National Book Festival A. Scott Berg, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, will provide a fascinating multimedia overview of the film industry as the opening to the Books to Movies program at this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival.
- Date: 2015-06-23
June 10, 2015 (15-104)James H. Billington to Retire as Librarian Effective Jan. 1, 2016 James H. Billington today announced that he will retire from the position of Librarian of Congress effective January 1, 2016.
- Date: 2015-06-10
June 9, 2015 (15-100)Artist Peter de Sève Creates 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival Poster Peter de Sève, an illustrator and character designer for feature films, is the artist for the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival poster
- Date: 2015-06-09
April 29, 2015 (15-077)Special Program at 2015 National Book Festival to Focus on Veterans The 2015 National Book Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., will offer a special five-part program on “The Human Side of War” featuring several of the foremost writers on war.
- Date: 2015-04-29
April 27, 2015 (15-048)Library of Congress and WQXR's Q2 Music Announce New On-Demand Access to Library-Commissioned Music The Library of Congress Music Division and Q2 Music, the online stream of contemporary classical music presented by New York-based public broadcaster WQXR Radio, today announced a collaboration that will make more than 20 pieces of contemporary classical music commissioned by the Library available.
- Date: 2015-04-27
March 25, 2015 (15-041)National Recording Registry To "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" The Doors’ debut album; the magical essence of New Orleans jazz; one of the most-played songs on the airways during the 20th century; and the sounds of a pioneering children’s program are among the recordings recently selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
- Date: 2015-03-25
March 24, 2015 (15-047)Nearly 100 Authors on Board for 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival Almost 100 of the nation’s best writers, poets and illustrators have already committed to appear at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Date: 2015-03-24
March 10, 2015 (15-042)2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival Announced The Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, September 5, 2015, and mark a double anniversary in 2015.
- Date: 2015-03-10
December 17, 2014 (14-210)Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance.
- Date: 2014-12-17
November 19, 2014 (14-206)Billy Joel Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert The Library of Congress is celebrating Billy Joel’s 50-year career and his selection as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the nation’s capital with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.
- Date: 2014-11-19
August 20, 2014 (14-151)Exciting, Educational and Fun Activities Planned at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival An abundance of fun, fascinating activities will be offered by the organizations sponsoring the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Aug. 30.
- Date: 2014-08-20
July 25, 2014 (14-125)Day of Poetry and Prose to End With Lively Poetry Slam at the 2014 National Book Festival A poetry slam titled “Stage [Hearts] Page” will close out a day of presentations by world-class authors and poets, in the Poetry & Prose Pavilion at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Washington Convention Center.
- Date: 2014-07-25
July 22, 2014 (14-122)Librarian of Congress Names Billy Joel Next Recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that Billy Joel is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
- Date: 2014-07-22
July 18, 2014 (14-121)Stellar Graphic Novelists to Appear, Both Day and Night, at 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival A stellar lineup of graphic novelists, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Gene Luen Yang, Liza Donnelly, Jeff Smith, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Raina Telgemeier, Vivek Tiwary and Kyle Baker will light up the stages both day and evening at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
- Date: 2014-07-18
April 10, 2014 (14-062)Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott Among Authors at 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival A wealth of authors, poets & illustrators for readers of all ages will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
- Date: 2014-04-10
April 2, 2014 (14-052)Hallelujah, the 2013 National Recording Registry Reaches 400 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the selection of 25 sound recordings to the National Recording Registry that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.
- Date: 2014-04-02
January 8, 2014 (14-007)Library of Congress National Book Festival Presents New Events in New Venue in 2014 The Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., with new and exciting offerings.
- Date: 2014-01-08
September 19, 2013 (13-166)More than 100 Authors to Speak at Library of Congress National Book Festival No fewer than 112 stellar authors writing for all ages and tastes – historians, novelists, children’s and teens’ authors, poets, biographers, illustrators and graphic novelists – will delight legions of fans at the 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 21-22.
- Date: 2013-09-19
September 6, 2013 (13-156)Exciting, Educational and Fun Activities Planned at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival An abundance of fun, fascinating activities will be offered by the organizations sponsoring the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Visitors to the festival – adults and children alike – can enjoy activities that stimulate imagination and creativity.
- Date: 2013-09-06
July 16, 2013 (13-128)Lynda Barry, Christopher Buckley, Hoda Kotb, Linda Ronstadt, William Wegman to Speak at Library of Congress National Book Festival Several new writers, poets and illustrators have been added to the lineup for the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 21-22.
- Date: 2013-07-16