News from the Library of Congress

March 2017

  • March 3, 2017  (17-024)
    Director James Schamus to Screen "Indignation" at Library Film director James Schamus will screen his film “Indignation” and field questions from film historian David Bordwell at the Library of Congress on March 13.“James Schamus on Philip Roth and the Art of Adaptation” will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 13, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave, S.E., ...
    • Date: 2017-03-03
  • March 2, 2017  (17-025)
    Discussion on "Fiction, Faith and the Imagination" To Honor Marilynne Robinson The Library of Congress will honor Marilynne Robinson, the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction winner, with a special event titled “Fiction, Faith and the Imagination” on Monday, April 3. The panel discussion will include Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists Geraldine Brooks and Paul Harding, and physicist and best-selling novelist Alan Lightman, discussing the ways faith informs their work.  The conversation will be ...
    • Date: 2017-03-02

February 2017

  • February 27, 2017  (17-021)
    Israeli Filmmaker to Screen and Discuss "Night of Fools" “Night of Fools,” a film that reveals the little-known story of Algeria’s mostly Jewish underground movement during World War II, will be screened at the Library of Congress on March 9. Israeli filmmaker Rami Kimchi will discuss his work following the screening.The screening will take place at noon on Thursday, March 9, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James ...
    • Date: 2017-02-27
  • February 23, 2017  (17-020)
    Librarian of Congress Hosts Women's History Month Event Featuring Leaders in the Arts Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on March 22 will host a discussion with three dynamic leaders in the arts in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress.“In Conversation with the Librarian of Congress: Leaders in the Arts, a Celebration of Women’s History Month” will feature Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony; Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy ...
    • Date: 2017-02-23
  • February 14, 2017  (17-017)
    New Book Documents Civil Rights Movement In Photos from Outside Southern U.S. Iconic images of the civil rights movement were largely photographed in the South. In a new volume of extraordinary photographs, historian Mark Speltz focuses on compelling civil rights images from north of the Mason-Dixon line, in places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Speltz will discuss and sign his book, “North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South” (J. Paul Getty Museum, ...
    • Date: 2017-02-14
  • February 11, 2017  (17-019)
    Library's Packard Campus Theater Celebrates Women Filmmakers The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., will celebrate Women’s History Month by screening 15 features and a short, directed and/or written by women. The titles span from the silent era of comedy with Dorothy Arzner’s 1927 “Get Your Man” (a recent Library of Congress restoration) through the 21st Century with Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher” (2000) and Sophia Coppola’s ...
    • Date: 2017-02-11
  • February 9, 2017  (17-018)
    New Chief for Geography and Map Division Paulette Marie Hasier has been appointed chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress. Hasier has nearly 20 years of library and geospatial information program management experience, most recently as branch chief of the U. S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Research Center and Pentagon Map Library. Hasier is the ninth person and first woman to be named chief of ...
    • Date: 2017-02-09
  • February 7, 2017  (17-016)
    Pioneer in African-American History Is Subject of Book Discussion Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was only the second African American to work at the Library of Congress when he joined the staff in 1871; 10 years later he became assistant librarian, a position he held for 41 years. Murray bequeathed his papers to the Library upon his death in 1925.The story of Murray and the rise and fall of America’s black upper class ...
    • Date: 2017-02-07
  • February 7, 2017  (17-015)
    "#Opera Before Instagram" Exhibition Travels to Los Angeles The Library of Congress exhibition “#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955” will travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.Free and open to the public, the exhibition will close on Aug. 19, 2017.         “#Opera Before Instagram” presents photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late ...
    • Date: 2017-02-07
  • February 3, 2017  (17-006)
    Law Library of Congress Program Explores History of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice The Law Library of Congress will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice with a program, “Understanding Seclusion: the Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is ...
    • Date: 2017-02-03
  • February 1, 2017  (17-014)
    Jane Sánchez Named Law Librarian of Congress Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Jane Sánchez, the chief of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Library of Congress, has been named Law Librarian of Congress, effective Feb. 5.Sánchez, who holds a Juris Doctor degree in addition to a master’s degree in Library Science and a bachelor’s degree in English, has led the Humanities and Social Sciences division at the Library ...
    • Date: 2017-02-01
  • February 1, 2017  (17-005)
    Sigmund Freud Collection Now Online The Sigmund Freud Collection at the Library of Congress has been digitized and is now online at online collection, with more than 20,000 items, contains the personal papers of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis whose ideas of the unconscious and theories on sex, repression, transference and religion profoundly influenced 20th-century Western thought. His theories still generate controversy.The digitization of ...
    • Date: 2017-02-01

January 2017

  • January 31, 2017  (17-013)
    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 ...
    • Date: 2017-01-31
  • January 27, 2017  (17-012)
    Library to Hold Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents 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 first open house of 2017 will take place on the Presidents Day holiday, Monday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson ...
    • Date: 2017-01-27
  • January 27, 2017  (17-011)
    Library to Host Events in Celebration of National Cherry Blossom Festival The Library of Congress will host Japanese Culture Day on March 25 and a panel discussion on bonsai trees on April 11, in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., of its gift of cherry trees from Japan.Japanese Culture Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 in the Young Readers Center ...
    • Date: 2017-01-27
  • January 25, 2017  (17-010)
    Library to Offer Array of Events and Initiatives to Mark the U.S. Entry into World War I To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Library of Congress is offering an array of exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, Victory Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the largest multi-format collection of materials ...
    • Date: 2017-01-25
  • January 24, 2017  (17-009)
    Major Exhibition on World War I The stories of Americans in World War I—General John J. Pershing, soldiers, nurses and Red Cross volunteers—will come to light in a major exhibition at the Library of Congress opening April 4.“Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” will open Tuesday, April 4, in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. ...
    • Date: 2017-01-24
  • January 18, 2017  (17-007)
    Young Readers Center Adds Saturday Hours The Young Readers Center in the Library of Congress will host a series of events on Jan. 28 celebrating its new Saturday hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center, which opened in October 2009, will offer more young people and their families the opportunity to experience the wonders and resources of the nation’s library.Activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to ...
    • Date: 2017-01-18
  • January 17, 2017  (17-008)
    Library's Packard Campus Theater Screens Tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will pay tribute to Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, with a group of films highlighting their careers.  Both died recently- within one day of each other. Debbie will be seen in “Singin’ in the Rain” and “A Bundle of Joy” (which also features her ...
    • Date: 2017-01-17
  • January 12, 2017  (17-002)
    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 ...
    • Date: 2017-01-12
  • January 11, 2017  (17-A01)
    Special Federal Holiday and Inauguration Week Schedule The following is the operation schedule, including building closures for the Library of Congress during the 2017 U.S. Presidential Inauguration Week (January 16-21).Monday, January 16 -  (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Federal Holiday). The Jefferson Building’s Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All reading rooms, the John Adams Building and the James Madison Memorial ...
    • Date: 2017-01-11
  • January 11, 2017  (17-003)
    "Baseball's Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game" Exhibit Opens Feb. 9 Long before the speakers at Wrigley Field blasted Steve Goodman’s “Go, Cubs, Go” after each triumphant Cubs game and long before players approached the batter’s box with their signature walk-up songs, music and baseball have been indelibly intertwined. A new exhibition at the Library of Congress will look at this winning combination, from before the Civil War to the present day.“Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The ...
    • Date: 2017-01-11
  • 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
  • January 4, 2017  (17-001)
    Library of Congress Launches New Software to Simplify Download of Braille and Audio Reading Material The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, today released BARD Express, a Windows-based software program that will aid in the use of the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service.The free software is available for download from a link on the BARD main page.  If you are a patron of the NLS program ...
    • Date: 2017-01-04

December 2016

  • December 22, 2016  (16-216)
    Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress (Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code) ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLICMondayJan. 2NEW YEAR’S DAY HOLIDAYAll buildings will be closed in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Contact: 707-8000.FridayJan. 6FILM“Citizen Kane” (RKO, 1941). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707-9994.SaturdayJan. 7FILM"Fargo” (Gramercy, 1996, R-rated). 7:30 p.m., Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va. Contact: 707-9994.SundayJan. 8FILM“The ...
    • Date: 2016-12-22
  • December 21, 2016  (16-213)
    New Selection of Artwork Now on Display in "WWI: American Artists View the Great War" Exhibition A new selection of 28 posters, prints, drawings and photographs is now on display in the ongoing Library of Congress exhibition “World War I: American Artists View the Great War.” The exhibition opened in May 2016 and is on view through Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, ...
    • Date: 2016-12-21
  • December 20, 2016  (16-211)
    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 ...
    • Date: 2016-12-20
  • December 16, 2016  (16-215)
    Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights The public will have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced today.Beginning today, December 16, an online survey is open to the public. The survey will be posted through Jan. 31, 2017.Link to survey: ExternalDeadline for submitting comments: Jan. 31, 2017Input will be reviewed and ...
    • Date: 2016-12-16
  • December 16, 2016  (16-214)
    National Film Registry Titles Featured in January Feature films and short subjects named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry for posterity will be showcased at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, in January. Dating from 1928 to 1996, these films have been named to the registry because of their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic significance.Several of the features being screened, including “The Princess Bride,” “Blackboard Jungle,” ...
    • Date: 2016-12-16
  • December 14, 2016  (16-A08)
    Holiday Schedule, Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2016 and January 2017:Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will CLOSE at 1 p.m.Monday, December 26 (Christmas Day, Federal Holiday Observed) All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Saturday, December ...
    • Date: 2016-12-14
  • 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
  • December 12, 2016  (16-210)
    Library of Congress Seeks Applicants for Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2017 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program— a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students.The 2017 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from May 30 through Aug. 4, 2017. Among other tasks, Junior Fellows inventory, describe, and explore collection holdings, and assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. ...
    • Date: 2016-12-12
  • December 9, 2016  (16-A07)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 10, 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 will not be updated. ...
    • Date: 2016-12-09
  • December 2, 2016  (16-208)
    FEDLINK Opens Nominations for Federal Librarianship Awards To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for fiscal year 2016.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library and information service at the ...
    • Date: 2016-12-02
  • December 1, 2016  (16-206)
    Symposium on Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States, Dec. 15 Contemporary African immigration and African communities in the United States will be the focus of a half-day symposium at the Library of Congress.“Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States” will be hosted by Toyin Falola, the John W. Kluge Center Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress.  The symposium will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ...
    • Date: 2016-12-01

November 2016

  • November 29, 2016  (16-207)
    Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress maps collections—the Revolutionary War (, Civil War ...
    • Date: 2016-11-29
  • November 23, 2016  (16-203)
    Book Talk Highlights James Madison's Pivotal Role in American Government Michael Signer will discuss and sign his new book, “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father” (Public Affairs, 2015) on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress ...
    • Date: 2016-11-23
  • November 18, 2016  (16-205)
    Army Secretary Eric Fanning to Discuss Army of the Future Secretary of the U.S. Army, Eric Fanning, will participate in a unique interview on topics ranging from the importance of diversity, budget stability, and innovation at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at 11 a.m.  The interview by the Library's deputy director of National and International Outreach, Colleen Shogan, will take place in the historic Members Room at the Library's Thomas ...
    • Date: 2016-11-18
  • November 18, 2016  (16-202)
    Packard Campus Theater Spotlights Pearl Harbor, Holiday Classics, Live Music The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia will mark the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the event that triggered the entry of the United States into World War II, with a series of films. Two of the films in the series include John Ford’s “They Were Expendable” and “From Here to Eternity,” which ...
    • Date: 2016-11-18
  • November 16, 2016  (16-204)
    Smokey Robinson Honored as the King of Song at Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert.
    • Date: 2016-11-16
  • November 15, 2016  (16-201)
    Library Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2016 prize will be awarded in winter 2017.
    • Date: 2016-11-15
  • November 15, 2016  (16-198)
    Italian Art of Papermaking Is Subject of New Library Publication Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, “Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking” by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.
    • Date: 2016-11-15
  • November 14, 2016  (16-199)
    Miranda Warning is Subject of Human Rights Day Program Dec. 9 In celebration of Human Rights Day, the Law Library of Congress will host a discussion on the impact of the Miranda warning on human rights in Eastern Europe.
    • Date: 2016-11-14
  • November 10, 2016  (16-191)
    Veterans History Project Highlights Veteran Artists with New Web Feature The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Art of War,” the latest installment in its online “Experiencing War” website series at
    • Date: 2016-11-10
  • November 4, 2016  (16-197)
    All-Day Series of Talks to Focus on Geographic Information Systems The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day on Nov. 16 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology in the federal government, the private sector, academia and K-12 schools.
    • Date: 2016-11-04
  • November 4, 2016  (16-196)
    New Director Appointed to Lead Veterans History Project Karen D. Lloyd has been appointed director of the Veterans History Project (VHP), a program of the American Folklife Center. Lloyd has served as acting director since September 2016.
    • Date: 2016-11-04
  • November 3, 2016  (16-190)
    Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2016 Holland Prize A drawing, by a team of Puerto Rican students, of a 19th-century health institution in Puerto Rico, Lazaretto Isla de Cabras, is the 2016 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and National Park Service announced today.
    • Date: 2016-11-03
  • November 2, 2016  (16-195)
    Swann Foundation Now Accepting Fellowship Applications The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.
    • Date: 2016-11-02

October 2016