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    Live! at the Library: "You Are Here" Celebration with Ada Limón The kickoff event for the U.S. Poet Laureate’s signature project, including the publication of the new anthology “You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World.” Featuring Ada Limón with poets Molly McCully Brown, Jake Skeets, Analicia Sotelo and Paul Tran.
    • Date: 2024-04-04
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    Live! at the Library: First Ladies: Historical Fiction About Pioneering Black Women In honor of Women's History Month, three novelists with new historical fiction about pioneering Black women reveal their characters' stories and how they came to write about them. Join us in conversation with Victoria Christopher Murray ("The First Ladies," written with Marie Benedict), Joshunda Sanders ("Women of the Post") and Ruth P. Watson ("A Right Worthy Woman")! Moderated by CBS' Nikole Killion.
    • Date: 2024-03-14
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    "Manhunt": From Page to Screen Join us for an early screening of the first episode of “Manhunt,” Apple’s upcoming seven-part true crime limited series. The screening will feature a panel discussion with the series' stars and executive producers in the Coolidge Auditorium on March 13 at 7 p.m.
    • Date: 2024-03-13
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    Author Event with Chelsea Clinton, Rita Williams-Garcia and Meg Medina As part of this month’s Family Day, celebrate Women’s History Month with Chelsea Clinton, bestselling author of the “She Persisted” picture book series; Rita Williams-Garcia, celebrated author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers, including the “She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner” chapter book; and Meg Medina, current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Book signing to follow. All ages are welcome.
    • Date: 2024-03-09
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    Live! at the Library: An Evening with Kerri Greenidge The Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, will be in conversation with Kerri Greenidge, leading historian about her new book: “The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family.”
    • Date: 2024-02-22
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    Major Jackson with Ron Charles Major Jackson, the prizewinning author of "Razzle Dazzle: New & Selected Poems" and host of "The Slowdown," will talk with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles about his work.
    • Contributor: Jackson, Major - Charles, Ron
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Live! at the Library: Major Jackson with Ron Charles Major Jackson, the prizewinning author of "Razzle Dazzle: New & Selected Poems" and host of "The Slowdown," will talk with Washington Post Book Critic Ron Charles about his work.
    • Date: 2024-02-15
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    Charting New Discoveries of the Manuscript Map of the Dagua River Region The Manuscript Map of the Dagua River Region, created in 1764, depicts a remote gold mining frontier in today's Colombia. Art historian Juliet Wiersema and preservation scientist Meghan Hill shared results from their collaborative analysis which unearthed stories about African resilience, adaptation, entrepreneurship and survival within the Spanish empire. An examination of this map further draws back the curtain on how this large watercolor...
    • Contributor: Wiersema, Juliet - Hill, Meghan
    • Date: 2024-02-13
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    Rhapsody in Blue at 100 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" turned 100 on Feb. 12, 2024. First performed in New York, it has become a motif of the nation's creative spirit. The Library of Congress, home to George and Ira Gershwin's papers, presents this short tribute video from performers around the country, from dancers and pianists, from a high school orchestra and a pro football player, from New York...
    • Date: 2024-02-12
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    A Valentine's Date with Rebecca Ross Do you love a good epistolary novel, an enemies-to-lovers story, or a realistic portrayal of journalists who report from the war front? young-adult author Rebecca Ross ("Divine Rivals," "Ruthless Vows") came to the Library for a night of love letters and beautiful storytelling.
    • Contributor: Ross, Rebecca
    • Date: 2024-02-08
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    2024 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program presents a conversation with Associate Justice Elena Kagan.
    • Contributor: Dow, Robert M. - Sutton, Jeffrey S. - Kagan, Elena
    • Date: 2024-02-08
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    Live! at the Library: A Valentine's Date with Rebecca Ross Do you love a good epistolary novel, an enemies-to-lovers story, or a realistic portrayal of journalists who report from the war front? Join us for a night of love letters and beautiful storytelling with YA sensation Rebecca Ross, author of “Divine Rivals” and sequel “Ruthless Vows.” Come for the author talk and book signing, stay for the treats, cocktails and make-your-own Valentine’s Day cards.
    • Date: 2024-02-08
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    Remarks on 'Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes' Filmmakers Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro discuss their award-winning documentary "Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes," part of PBS' American Masters series and a finalist for the 2023 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. The documentary examines the life and legacy of the legendary musician, educator and civil rights advocate Max Roach (1924-2007), whose papers are in the Library's collections.
    • Contributor: Pollard, Samuel D. - Logan, Dan - Shapiro, Ben
    • Date: 2024-02-07
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    Conversation with Seth Parker Woods Cellist Seth Parker Woods speaks with the Library's Anne McLean about his concert at the Library. The program spans three centuries of music, from Bach to pieces recently composed for Woods. Other topics include Woods' projects like "Difficult Grace" and his use of the Library's "Castelbarco" Stradivari cello. The program included a range of voices across many cultures, tied together with Bach sarabandes.
    • Contributor: Woods, Seth Parker - McLean, Anne
    • Date: 2024-02-01
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    2024 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize: Elton John & Bernie Taupin Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of the great songwriting duos of all time, will be the 2024 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The prize is named for another legendary songwriting team, George and Ira Gershwin, whose papers are held by the Library. John and Taupin will be honored with a tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will...
    • Contributor: Taupin, Bernie - John, Elton
    • Date: 2024-01-30
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    Conversation with Charly Lowry Singer-songwriter Charly Lowry speaks with Stephen Winick and Megan Nicholas from the American Folklife Center. An Indigenous woman from Pembroke, North Carolina belonging to the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes, Lowry considers her work a platform for raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved Native communities. Lowry is a songwriter who accompanies herself on acoustic and electric guitars and Native American hand drum....
    • Contributor: Nicholas, Megan - Lowry, Charly - Winick, Stephen
    • Date: 2024-01-18
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    Meet Meg Medina: Family Office Hours with the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Young readers and families, Meg Medina, 8th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, invites you to join special one-on-one sessions as part of her Cuéntame!: Let’s talk books platform.
    • Date: 2024-01-13
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    Conversation with the Goldmund Quartet and Philip Kass Members of the Goldmund Quartet speak with the Library's Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford and guest Philip Kass, a respected expert, appraiser, consultant and writer about fine classic stringed instruments and bows. The Goldmund Quartet performed on the famed "Paganini Quartet" of Stradivari instruments collected by Niccolò Paganini. Topics include the special instruments used for the concert, as well as the program that included works by...
    • Contributor: Vandory, Christoph - Adt, Pinchas - Schötz, Florian - Ward-Bamford, Carol Lynn - Paratore, Raphael - Kass, Philip
    • Date: 2024-01-12
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    Conversation with Frederic and Molly Kellogg Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut interviewed Frederic and Molly Kellogg about their thoughts on the importance of studying jurisprudence and what led them to approach the Library of Congress with the idea to create the Biennial Kellogg Lecture in Jurisprudence.
    • Contributor: Kellogg, Molly - Kellogg, Frederic - Bulut, Aslihan
    • Date: 2024-01-11
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    Conversation with Dalí Quartet and Ricardo Morales Members of the Dalí Quartet join Ricardo Morales and the Library's Claudia Morales for a preconcert conversation.
    • Contributor: Rubio, Carlos - Isaacman-Beck, Ari - Morales, Jesús - Linares, Adriana - Morales, Ricardo
    • Date: 2023-12-18
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    Apply for the 2024 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Hear from past winners and honorees about how they define literacy and what receiving a Library of Congress Literacy Award means to their organization. The Library invites nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad to apply for the 2024 Literacy Awards. Award recipients can receive up to $150,000. The 2024 application period opens on January...
    • Date: 2023-12-15
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    Library of Congress Chorale 50th Anniversary Concert The Library of Congress Chorale celebrates its 50th year with a performance of Schubert's Mass in G Major and special holiday songs.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress Chorale
    • Date: 2023-12-14
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    Library of Congress Holiday Celebration Celebrate the holiday season with musical performances, poetry readings, and story time with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
    • Contributor: Becker, Rachel - Hayden, Carla D. - Grant, Jannie - Olabanji, Jummy
    • Date: 2023-12-14
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    2023 National Film Registry Announcement The 2023 Library of Congress National Film Registry announces its 25 inductees in this sizzle reel. It features hit films such as "Home Alone," "Apollo 13," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Love & Basketball" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," as well as independent and influential films such as "12 Years a Slave," "Matewan," "Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision" and "Alambrista!" Artists such as Spike...
    • Date: 2023-12-13
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    Conversation with Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah Two-time Edison award-winner and six-time Grammy nominee Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott) speaks with the Library's Claudia Morale.
    • Contributor: Adjuah, Chief Xian Atunde
    • Date: 2023-12-01