Library Celebrates Children's Book Week
The Library of Congress will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program on May 3, featuring the story behind the discovery and publication of “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,”a previously unfinished Mark Twain folk tale brought to life by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator couple Philip and Erin Stead. This discussion is being hosted by the Library’s Young Readers...
April 19, 2018
Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month,...
April 18, 2018
Women in Entertainment Headline World Intellectual Property Day
World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26 since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Convention came into force. In celebration of this significant moment in history, the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress will feature prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. This year’s theme, announced by WIPO, is...
April 17, 2018
Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online
The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that...
April 16, 2018
Library of Congress Digitizes Unique Japanese Censorship Collection
The Library of Congress’ Asian Division has digitized its Japanese Censorship Collection, a unique online archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of government-censored monographs and galley proofs from the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. The collection, originally from the Home Ministry’s library, reveals traces of the otherwise-hidden censorship process of the Japanese government through marginal notes, stamps, penciled lines and commentary inscribed by...
April 10, 2018
Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence,...
April 9, 2018
Kluge Center Hosts Conversation on Big Data and Its Impact on Democracy
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is hosting a special conversation with distinguished visiting scholar Martin Hilbert to discuss the impact of big data, computational analysis and machine learning on the democratic process. In this conversation, Hilbert will address both challenges and opportunities presented by emerging big data technologies.Kluge Center director John Haskell will join Hilbert for the discussion, titled...
April 6, 2018
Main Reading Room Open House on Memorial Day
Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
April 5, 2018
Book Talk, Special Tour Highlight Library Week Celebration
The Library of Congress will celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14) with a special evening event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, featuring a book talk by Kenneth Breisch, the author of “American Libraries 1730-1950,” followed by an extremely rare opportunity to walk around the gallery level on the third floor of the majestic Main Reading Room and enjoy its architectural wonder as...
April 3, 2018
Baseball Scouting Reports of Branch Rickey Now Online
Baseball scouting reports of one of the most famous baseball executives and scouts in history, Branch Rickey, who was also responsible for helping Jackie Robinson successfully break Major League Baseball’s color line, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized in time for Major League Baseball’s new season and for the...
March 30, 2018
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...
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...
March 23, 2018
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...
March 22, 2018
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...
March 21, 2018
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...
March 19, 2018
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...
March 19, 2018
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...
March 16, 2018
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....
March 16, 2018
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...
March 15, 2018
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...
March 13, 2018
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...
March 9, 2018
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...
March 8, 2018
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...
March 7, 2018
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...
March 7, 2018
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...
March 6, 2018
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...
March 5, 2018
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...
February 27, 2018
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...
February 26, 2018
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...
February 22, 2018
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.,...
February 22, 2018
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...
February 22, 2018
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...
February 21, 2018
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...
February 20, 2018
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...
February 13, 2018
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...
February 13, 2018
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...
February 9, 2018
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...
February 9, 2018
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...
February 7, 2018
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...
February 5, 2018
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...
February 1, 2018
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,...
January 25, 2018
Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on Baseball in Summer 2018
A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story...
January 20, 2018
Federal Government Shutdown
Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government that began at 12:01 a.m., January 20, all Library of Congress buildings are now closed and all public events are canceled until further notice.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 updated. Copyright.gov and...
January 17, 2018
Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown
In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, January 20, 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 updated. Copyright.gov...
January 17, 2018
Semiannual Main Reading Room Open House Postponed
Due to essential building and systems maintenance, the James Madison Memorial Building, the John Adams Building, all Library of Congress reading rooms and the Library Shop will be closed to the public and researchers on Saturday, Feb. 17.The Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the Main Reading Room and also features the incomparable Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions, will remain open to...
January 16, 2018
Columbia Pictures Classics and The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at Packard
In February, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater continues its tribute to Columbia Pictures’ centennial year with features released in the 1960s through the1990s. The lineup includes four National Film Registry titles: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Last Picture Show” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” The eight Columbia Pictures to be featured won a combined 19 Academy...
January 5, 2018
New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress
A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden calls the Library “a place where you can touch history and imagine your future,” and the story...
January 4, 2018
Jacqueline Woodson Named Sixth 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 Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young...
January 3, 2018
Library Acquires Archive of Humorist, Political Commentator Art Buchwald
The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide. Buchwald was often considered “the Wit of Washington.”The archive of approximately 100,000 items includes his columns, plays,...