News from the Library of Congress

April 2006

  • April 11, 2006  (06-083)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 Recordings to the 2005 National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has made his annual selection of 50 sound recordings for the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually selecting recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Registry recordings must be at least 10 years old.
    • Date: 2006-04-11
  • April 6, 2006  (06-081)
    Library of Congress to Announce Fourth Annual National Recording Registry on April 11 The Library of Congress will announce the fourth annual selection of the 50 historic sound recordings to be added to the National Recording Registry during a news conference. A press package, including a CD-ROM of selected audio clips and complementary images, will be available at the briefing.
    • Date: 2006-04-06

March 2006

January 2006

  • January 19, 2006  (06-022)
    2006 National Book Festival to Be Held Sept. 30 The 2006 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2006-01-19

December 2005

  • December 20, 2005  (05-262)
    Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry (see attached list). This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 425.
    • Date: 2005-12-20

November 2005

  • November 22, 2005  (05-250)
    Library of Congress Launches Effort to Create World Digital Library Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin announced today that Google is the first private-sector company to contribute to the Library’s initiative to develop a plan to begin building a World Digital Library (WDL) for use by other libraries around the globe. The effort would be supported by funds from nonexclusive, public and private partnerships, of which Google is the...
    • Date: 2005-11-22

September 2005

July 2005

April 2005

  • April 7, 2005  (05-089)
    Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Appointed to Serve a Second Term, Will Close Library's Literary Season on May 5 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Ted Kooser to serve a second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. For the conclusion of his first term, Kooser will deliver a lecture, at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Montpelier Room, on the sixth floor of the Library’s Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-04-07
  • April 5, 2005  (05-087)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 Recordings to the 2004 National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has made his annual selection of 50 sound recordings for the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually selecting recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Registry recordings must be at least 10 years old. In announcing the registry, the Librarian said, "Once again,...
    • Date: 2005-04-05

March 2005

  • March 28, 2005  (05-074)
    Library of Congress to Announce Third Annual National Recording Registry on April 5 WHAT: The Library of Congress will announce the selection of the 50 historic sound recordings to be added to the third annual National Recording Registry during a news conference. A press package, including a CD-ROM of selected audio clips and complementary images, will be available at the briefing.
    • Date: 2005-03-28
  • March 24, 2005  (05-052)
    The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress Cosponsor Poet Laureate's Newspaper Project The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress are cosponsoring the “American Life in Poetry” project, a weekly newspaper column compiled by the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Ted Kooser.
    • Date: 2005-03-24
  • March 22, 2005  (05-068)
    2005 National Book Festival to be Held Sept. 24 The 2005 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2005-03-22

December 2004

September 2004

  • September 30, 2004  (04-154)
    Update: 2004 National Book Festival on the National Mall on Oct. 9 he fourth annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, on the National Mall between 7th and 14th streets N.W. (rain or shine) in Washington, D.C. The festival is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2004-09-30
  • September 29, 2004  (04-170)
    National Book Festival Author Reception on October The Library of Congress will celebrate the fourth annual National Book Festival with an authors program and reception at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.
    • Date: 2004-09-29

August 2004

  • August 9, 2004  (04-146)
    2004 National Book Festival to Be Held October 9 on the National Mall The fourth annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Laura Bush, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2004-08-09

March 2004

  • March 19, 2004  (04-061)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 New Recordings to the National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the second annual selection of 50 sound recordings to the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually selecting recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Registry recordings must be at least 10 years old. Nominations for the registry were gathered from members...
    • Date: 2004-03-19
  • March 5, 2004  (04-003)
    2004 National Book Festival To Be Held October 9 The fourth annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by first lady Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The festival is free and open to the public.
    • Date: 2004-03-05

December 2003

  • December 16, 2003  (03-211)
    Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry, see attached list. This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 375.
    • Date: 2003-12-16

July 2003

  • July 8, 2003  (03-125)
    2003 National Book Festival to be held October 4 on the National Mall The third annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine).
    • Date: 2003-07-08

May 2003

  • May 23, 2003  (03-093)
    2003 National Book Festival To Be Held October 4 on the National Mall Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced Saturday, Oct. 4, as the date for the third annual National Book Festival. The popular festival is organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Mrs. Laura Bush. This year's festival will be bigger and better than ever-with new pavilions for "Home & Family," "Teens and Children," and "Poetry"-and takes place rain or...
    • Date: 2003-05-23

January 2003

  • January 27, 2003  (03-014)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 Sound Recordings to the Inaugural National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the first annual selection of 50 recordings to the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for selecting recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Registry recordings must be at least 10 years old. Nominations for the registry were garnered from members of...
    • Date: 2003-01-27

October 2002

  • October 2, 2002  (02-138)
    Public Service Announcement: 30 Seconds Public service announcement - 30 seconds
    • Date: 2002-10-02
  • October 2, 2002  (02-139)
    2002 National Book Festival to be Held October 12 More than 70 authors and storytellers will be joined by basketball stars, children’s storybook characters, reading advocates, musicians, food vendors, librarians and book lovers of all ages at the second National Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall between Third and Fourth Streets.
    • Date: 2002-10-02

September 2002

  • September 16, 2002  (02-132)
    Library of Congress Publishes Annual Report for 2001 The “Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress for 2001” is now available to the public. The report was submitted to Congress earlier by Librarian James H. Billington and accepted by the legislative body. The report, for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2001, describes the Library’s activities in Washington, D.C., and in national and international outreach programs.
    • Date: 2002-09-16

August 2002

July 2002

  • July 25, 2002  (02-095)
    2002 National Book Festival to be Held October 12 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Laura Bush today announced that the second National Book Festival will be held on Saturday,Oct. 12, 2002. The festival is free and open to the public and is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Date: 2002-07-25

September 2001

  • September 5, 2001  (01-127)
    National Book Festival to be Held September 8 Some 60 award-winning authors and illustrators of books for both adults and children will participate in the first National Book Festival on Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Library of Congress and on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
    • Date: 2001-09-05

August 2001

July 2001

  • July 30, 2001  (01-107)
    Librarian of Congress and First Lady Launch National Book Festival Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Laura Bush today announced plans for America's first National Book Festival, to be held at the Library of Congress and on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Date: 2001-07-30

March 2000

  • March 13, 2000  (00-009)
    Library of Congress Celebrates Bicentennial with Major Exhibition on Thomas Jefferson The keystone for the Bicentennial celebrations of the Library of Congress is an exhibition about the Library's very own "founding father," Thomas Jefferson, whose personal library of 6,487 books was the seed from which the nation's library grew. Congress purchased Jefferson's library after its own collections, housed in the U.S. Capitol, were burned by the British in 1814.That library -- the original volumes that...
    • Date: 2000-03-13

July 1999

  • July 9, 1999  (99-056)
    Library of Congress Announces Bicentennial Projects Next April, the Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, will be 200 years old. Since its founding on April 24, 1800, the Library has grown into the world's largest library, a treasure house of America's and the world's creativity. What started with fewer than a thousand books has now grown into a collection featuring more than 115 million items in all...
    • Date: 1999-07-09

March 1998

  • March 20, 1998  (98-049)
    Library of Congress Documentary to Air on History Channel "Memory and Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress," a one-hour documentary produced by the Library of Congress, is scheduled to air on The History Channel on Saturday, May 23, at 8 a.m. The History Channel can be seen in almost 45 million households."Memory and Imagination" has received the Grand Award for "Best Information Production" at the International Film and TV Festival of...
    • Date: 1998-03-20

February 1997

  • February 7, 1997  (97-022)
    Jefferson Building Centennial Calendar Published In cooperation with the Library of Congress, Fulcrum Publishing has produced a full-color 1997 calendar that depicts the art and architecture of the recently restored Thomas Jefferson Building. The calendar also celebrates the centennial of the Jefferson Building, which was known for many years as the Library of Congress Building and opened its doors to the public on Nov. 1, 1897. Captions and historical...
    • Date: 1997-02-07