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2022 Friends' Choice Award

It’s that time of year – VOTING TIME! We are excited to launch the Library's inaugural Friends’ Choice Award. Members of the Friends of the Library of Congress at the level of Explorer, Collector, or Bibliophile will cast their vote to decide which one of three proposed projects receives funding from gifts from Library Friends. The proposal with the most votes wins!

EVERY VOTE (like every gift to the Library of Congress) MATTERS!

How to participate. If you are an Explorer, Collector or Bibliophile member:

  • Read about the project and/or watch a video to learn more.
  • Check your email for your individual voting link (only one vote per member!).
  • Wait to see who wins. The suspense! The winner will be announced the week of November 14th.
  • Watch for project updates and an invitation to the showcase event when the project is complete.

If you have any questions or did not receive a voting link, please email devofc@loc.gov.

Not currently an Explorer, Collector or Bibliophile member? Join Friends of the Library of Congress or upgrade to one of these levels and take part in this year’s vote.

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2022 Friends' Choice Proposals

Proposal 1: Promoting Civics Knowledge and Education with Law Library

The state of civic knowledge in the United States is in crisis. In fact, civics is no longer taught in many states. The Law Library seeks to improve and promote civics knowledge and education by holding a public challenge to engage computer science hobbyists to create fun, educational, non-partisan video games related to civics education that incorporate Library of Congress resources. The challenge would culminate in a public ceremony honoring the winners. The winning games would be hosted on the Library’s website, where they would be offered for free for students, teachers, and anyone interested in boosting their knowledge of civics. The games created through this challenge will help to make civics education fun, promote an increased understanding of civics throughout the country, and showcase the vital role the Library of Congress can play in increasing public knowledge of civics.

Proposal 2: Expanding Native American Collections with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)

According to the most recent Census data, almost 215,000 American Indians live with vision difficulties. NLS seeks to expand its collections focused on Native languages and Native American content to better serve Native American communities. To do this, NLS will partner with publishers that specialize in Navajo and Hopi languages to add meaningful depth and diversity to NLS’s collections. Additionally, NLS hopes to utilize its unparalleled expertise and recording facilities to contribute to Native American language preservation initiatives. For over 90 years, NLS has provided free braille and audio materials to people who cannot use regular print materials because of a disability. NLS wants to enhance service to Native Americans who are blind or have other print disabilities to fulfill its mission – to ensure That All May Read.

Proposal 3: Now you See it! Magic Symposium with Rare Book and Special Collections

Do you believe in magic? The Rare Book and Special Collections Division seek to hold a day-long public symposium and signature event titled – Now you See it! – to celebrate the Library’s vast magic collections. The Library of Congress has one of the most important magic collections, including nearly 4,000 materials from Hungarian-American illusionist Harry Houdini and approximately 20,000 magic-related books and items from the McManus-Young Collection. These rich holdings touch on everything from psychic phenomena, spiritualism, magic, witchcraft, evil spirits, and much more. The day-long symposium will provide a deep dive into the theory, practice, and history of magic and showcase how magic has impacted everything from legal history to gardening. The evening's signature event will feature a keynote speaker and collections display so everyone can delve further into the world of magic.