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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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    Proyecto de Historia de los Veteranos: Estás invitado (español) La Biblioteca del Congreso lo invita a visitar el sitio web renovado del Proyecto de Historia de los Veteranos, donde el público puede acceder a relatos de primera mano compartidos por veteranos militares estadounidenses. Vea este video para aprender cómo buscar colecciones en el sitio web es fácil y se puede completar en unos pocos pasos. Realizar una búsqueda sencilla de la colección es...
    • Contributor: Narrador
    • Date: 2023-12-01
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    Veterans History Project: You're Invited (English) The Library of Congress invites you to visit the revamped website of the Veterans History Project, where firsthand accounts shared by U.S. military veterans are accessible to the public. View this video to learn how searching the collections on the website is easy and can be completed in a few steps. Performing a simple search of the collection is easy. First, go to LOC.gov/vets....
    • Contributor: Narrator
    • Date: 2023-12-01
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    Home Rule at 50: Mambo Sauce Performance To commemorate the 50th anniversary of home rule in the District of Columbia, the Library sponsored a performance by go-go band "Mambo Sauce."
    • Contributor: Mambo Sauce
    • Date: 2023-11-30
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    DC: Fifty Years of Home Rule To commemorate the 50th anniversary of home rule in the District of Columbia, the Library sponsored a panel discussion on "50 Years of Home Rule" moderated by WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi ("The Politics Hour") and featuring Tom Sherwood (longtime D.C. journalist and co-author of "Dream City: Race, Power and the Decline of Washington D.C."), Judy Richardson (co-founder of the Drum and Spear Bookstore and "Eyes...
    • Contributor: Nnamdi, Kojo - Sherwood, Tom - Musgrove, G. Derek - Richardson, Judy - Sommers, Kyla
    • Date: 2023-11-30
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    Conversation with Escher Quartet and Jason Vieaux Members of the Escher Quartet and guitarist Jason Vieaux join the Library's Anne McLean in this pre-concert conversation.
    • Contributor: Escher Quartet - Vieaux, Jason
    • Date: 2023-11-29
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    Swahili Resources at Library of Congress This video provides a dynamic overview and orientation to Swahili-language materials found at the Library of Congress, offered in Swahili by reference specialist Melanie Zeck. The video comes out of an ongoing collaboration that Zeck has pursued with CHAUKIDU (Global Association for the Promotion of Swahili) leadership and Swahili language scholars/learners that serves to engage Swahili speakers with the Library's collections and resources.
    • Contributor: Zeck, Melanie
    • Date: 2023-11-29