News from the Library of Congress

April 2018

March 2018

  • March 30, 2018  (18-032)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-03-30
  • March 28, 2018  (18-037)
    Leading Historians, Novelists, Poets and Children's Writers Among Authors to be Featured in 2018 National Book Festival Dozens of best-selling authors, leading historians, American poets and children’s writers will be featured speakers at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.This year’s schedule includes a wide-ranging mix of authors and genres.History and BiographyFormer...
    • Date: 2018-03-28
  • March 27, 2018  (18-035)
    Archival Materials of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Now Online Archival materials from one of the most successful political partnerships in history, the collaboration of suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the movement for women’s rights, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress.The collections include about 1,500 items dating primarily from 1840 to 1906 as Anthony and Stanton led the campaign...
    • Date: 2018-03-27
  • March 23, 2018  (18-031)
    The Library's Spring Fling Pop-Up Exhibition Blooms on Capitol Hill The Library of Congress is bringing the feeling of spring to Capitol Hill with a display that explores the history of the beloved Japanese cherry blossoms and the living history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival through archival objects, photographs and art.The Library is hosting “LOC Spring Fling,” a pop-up exhibition exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the spring season through treasures from...
    • Date: 2018-03-23
  • March 22, 2018  (18-034)
    Librarian of Congress Appoints Tracy K. Smith to Second Term as Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall. “I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing...
    • Date: 2018-03-22
  • 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
  • March 19, 2018  (18-033)
    Library of Congress Announces Application-Development Grant Opportunity The Library of Congress today announced that up to $950,000 will be provided to one or more organizations to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.The application deadline is April 30, 2018. For more information about the application requirements and selection criteria, see the “Notice of Funds Availability” at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents.The...
    • Date: 2018-03-19
  • March 19, 2018  (18-030)
    2018 Earth and Space Science Talks at the Library of Congress This week, the Library of Congress will kick off the annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its twelfth year. The series is presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at the Library of Congress.The first lecture of the series will be held on Thursday, March 22 featuring Dr. Jonathan Gardener, deputy...
    • Date: 2018-03-19
  • March 16, 2018  (18-027)
    Laurie A. Neider Appointed Executive Director of FEDLINK Laurie A. Neider, a seasoned manager and library procurement specialist, has been named executive director of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress, effective April 2.“Laurie is an experienced librarian with the perfect combination of business acumen, contracting expertise and management savvy,” said Jane McAuliffe, director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, which oversees FEDLINK....
    • Date: 2018-03-16
  • March 16, 2018  (18-015)
    Library of Congress and DC Entertainment Celebrate 80 Years of Superman The Library of Congress will celebrate the 1000th issue of seminal DC comic book series Action Comics, a commemoration of 80 years of Superman, with a live interview featuring DC legends on Thursday, March 29. Former publisher and president of DC, Paul Levitz, will join famed DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens, known for his work on the Superman series and the pop culture...
    • Date: 2018-03-16
  • March 15, 2018  (18-029)
    New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Illustration A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the...
    • Date: 2018-03-15
  • March 13, 2018  (18-026)
    Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions acquired by the Library of Congress are now publicly available online – free to access in a page image format for the first time. The Library has made available more than 35,000 cases that were published in the printed bound editions of United States Reports (U.S. Reports).United States Reports is a series of bound case reporters...
    • Date: 2018-03-13
  • March 9, 2018  (18-025)
    Library Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Literacy Awards Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.These awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein in 2013, honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards also encourage the continuing development of advanced methods for promoting...
    • Date: 2018-03-09
  • March 8, 2018  (18-017)
    Library of Congress Offers Free Spring Activities Spring season brings warm temperatures, fresh flowers and free Library of Congress programming celebrating women in history, poetry, literature, art and science while introducing patrons to international culture and history with lectures, symposiums, book talks and a pop-up display.The Library recently announced the official events that will be held in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival , as well as a host of...
    • Date: 2018-03-08
  • March 7, 2018  (18-024)
    Prize for American Fiction Winner Denis Johnson to Be Honored Posthumously The Library of Congress will honor the late Denis Johnson, winner of the 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, with an event titled “Stories from a Fallen World: A Tribute to Denis Johnson” on Wednesday, March 28. Acclaimed novelists Jonathan Franzen and Elliot Ackerman will join award-winning journalist Sam Quinones and writer and producer Elizabeth Cuthrell in a discussion on the intersections...
    • Date: 2018-03-07
  • March 7, 2018  (18-018)
    Library Hosts International Disability Rights Panel The Library of Congress Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs will bring together prominent leaders in the field of accessibility for a discussion. The event will highlight what the Library currently does for patrons and staff who have disabilities in addition to best practices for inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts and entertainment.The “International Disability Rights and Inclusive Society Through...
    • Date: 2018-03-07
  • March 6, 2018  (18-023)
    Library Conserves, Digitizes Rare Photographs Including Harriet Tubman Portrait The Library of Congress has conserved and digitized an album containing 48 rare photographs dating to the 1860s – including a previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman and images of other abolitionists – and the album will be exhibited for the first time at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year. Each image was cleaned, digitally scanned and...
    • Date: 2018-03-06
  • March 5, 2018  (18-022)
    Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current performing arts or visual arts teachers for a teacher-in-residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2018-2019 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents. Applications are due by Monday, April 9.The Educational Outreach division develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s unparalleled...
    • Date: 2018-03-05

February 2018

  • February 27, 2018  (18-020)
    Library of Congress and Imagination Library Announce Story Time Events For Young Readers Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today announced a monthly reading program for young readers at the Library of Congress.For six months, from March through August, the Library’s Young Readers Center will host story time on the last Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are...
    • Date: 2018-02-27
  • February 26, 2018  (18-009)
    NLS Rolls Out New Outreach Campaign to Improve Accessibility The Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) today launched a major outreach campaign to educate the public about the free services it provides to U.S. residents and American citizens abroad with visual impairments and other disabilities.NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness or a physical...
    • Date: 2018-02-26
  • February 22, 2018  (18-021)
    Library to Host Screening of "4 Little Girls" The Library of Congress Feb. 27 will host an evening screening of the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls,” about the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, a seminal and tragic event in civil rights history.The screening will be held at 6 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the iconic Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2018-02-22
  • February 22, 2018  (18-016)
    Women's History Month Events at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will host an array of events and programming throughout March that celebrate and commemorate women and their contributions to STEM, history, civil rights, justice and the arts. All of the following events are free and open to the public.The Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host two discussions with five women in the arts. These events will also be livestreamed...
    • Date: 2018-02-22
  • February 22, 2018  (18-008)
    Los Angeles Exhibition to Showcase Photography from Library of Congress A selection of nearly 500 images discovered within a collection of more than 14 million pictures at the Library of Congress will be featured in a new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library,” will be open to the public April 21 through Sept. 9, 2018.Working closely for several years...
    • Date: 2018-02-22
  • February 21, 2018  (18-019)
    Papers of President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Now Online The papers of President James Buchanan, who presided in the four years leading up to the Civil War, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress, along with the papers of his niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as first lady in the White House. Buchanan was the nation’s only president who never married.The Buchanan...
    • Date: 2018-02-21
  • February 20, 2018  (18-003)
    Library of Congress to Host National Cherry Blossom Festival Events The Library of Congress will host a lecture on the National Cherry Blossom Festival poster process on April 5 and Japanese Culture Day on April 7 in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., of its gift of cherry trees from Japan.Thomas Burns, creator of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival poster, will present a lecture about the...
    • Date: 2018-02-20
  • February 13, 2018  (18-A05)
    Websites Down Feb. 16–19 Due to a planned power outage, most of the Library’s public websites (loc.gov and others) will be unavailable from 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19. Congress.gov will be available during the February 16-19 maintenance period. System data will be current, but saved searches and new alert subscriptions will not be available. On Saturday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 19, all...
    • Date: 2018-02-13
  • February 13, 2018  (18-013)
    March at Packard Campus Offers an Award Tour Spanning Eight Decades In March, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will screen a wide variety of motion-picture genres spanning eight decades, from “Captains Courageous” (1937), featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Spencer Tracy, to the epic best picture Oscar winner for 2000, “Gladiator,” starring Russell Crowe. Other titles in the lineup include Dreamworks’ animated musical adaptation of the story of Moses, “The Prince of Egypt,” and...
    • Date: 2018-02-13
  • February 9, 2018  (18-A04)
    Library Expected to Open Feb. 9 Federal funding has lapsed and the federal government is shut down. However, following Congressional action, a final funding measure has been sent to the President for signature.The Library of Congress is expected to open on Friday, February 9, after the President has signed the bill. If so, Library's buildings will be open to the public and its services available normally, and all public events...
    • Date: 2018-02-09
  • February 9, 2018  (18-011)
    Kluge Center Convenes Symposium on 1619's Cultural Exchange The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will convene a symposium, titled “1619 and The Making of America,” that will bring together respected scholars to explore the intricate encounters of Africans, Europeans and native people during this significant period in America’s history.The symposium, held in collaboration with the Middle Passage Project of the College of William & Mary, the Virginia Commonwealth’s...
    • Date: 2018-02-09
  • February 7, 2018  (18-A03)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 9, all Library of Congress buildings will be closed to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be...
    • Date: 2018-02-07
  • February 5, 2018  (18-007)
    New VHP Web Feature Marks 75th Anniversary of Guadalcanal Battle The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched its new “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Guadalcanal: 75 Years Later,” recognizing the anniversary of the end of the major World War II campaign known as the Battle of Guadalcanal.The feature highlights 12 digitized collections found in the VHP archive, each of which includes the first-person narrative of a veteran who fought in this...
    • Date: 2018-02-05
  • February 1, 2018  (18-010)
    Kentucky Center for the Book Becomes Library's Newest Affiliate Center The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.“We are thrilled to become Kentucky’s Center for the Book,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “Kentucky Humanities is deeply committed to promoting literacy in Kentucky through PRIME TIME Family Reading Time,...
    • Date: 2018-02-01

January 2018