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  • Latest News: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman
    on April 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Walt Whitman in his younger years, as shown in this 1854 engraving by Samuel Hollyer used in the 1855 first edition of “Leaves of Grass.” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.   The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200thanniversary of American poet and changemaker Walt Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings and artifacts. Click here for more information. […]

  • New Online: Persian Manuscripts
    on April 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online for the first time the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection, which sheds light on scientific, religious, philosophical and literary topics that are highly valued in the Persian speaking lands. This collection, including 150 manuscripts with some dating back to the 13th century, also reflects the diversity of religious and confessional traditions within the Persian culture. From the 10th century to the present, Persian became the cultural language for a large region stretching from West Asia to Central and South Asia. Today, Persian is the native language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and some regions of Central and South Asia and the Caucasus. Click here for more information. […]

  • WATCH LIVE NOW: Symposium on Diversity in Children’s Literature
    on March 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    The Library of Congress and “We Need Diverse Books” present “On Writing, Voice, and Courage: A Conversation with Walter Honorees,” a symposium on diverse children’s literature.  Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Linda Sue Park will serve as the ceremony’s emcee. Christopher Myers, honored guest and son of the late Walter Dean Myers, will speak. Pura Belpré Award-winning author Meg Medina will act as Symposium Moderator. The 2019 Walter Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the symposium. The program is being streamed LIVE NOW! Watch LIVE on YouTube &nbs […]

  • Latest News: Temple Named Register of Copyrights
    on March 28, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced her selection of Karyn A. Temple to serve as the 13th Register of Copyrights. Temple has been Acting Register of Copyrights since Oct. 21, 2016. Click here for more information. […]

  • Latest News: Georgia O’Keeffe Letters Acquired
    on March 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    The Library of Congress has acquired a trove of letters from American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz, shedding new light on art history as the correspondence is being made available to the public for the first time. The collection is a set of mostly handwritten letters dating from 1929 to 1947, totaling 157 items. O’Keeffe and Stieglitz wrote the letters separately to their friend and artistic colleague, the filmmaker Henwar Rodakiewicz. The letters were preserved in private hands for decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico, never before seen by the public. Now the collection is available to researchers in the Library’s Manuscript Division after the letters were acquired through a purchase and gift agreement in late 2018. Click here for more information. […]


Upcoming Events – Library of Congress

  • Upcoming Events: Happening Week of April 22
    on April 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Upcoming next week at the Library… Tuesday, April 2310 a.m.Research Orientation Designed as a basic introduction for researchers and staff.  Tour the reading room and learn about our favorite databases. This course is taught by our reference specialists and is designed as a basic introduction for researchers using the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room’s collections and resources. Each hour-long session includes a tour of the N&CPR Reading Room, procedures on how to locate and request materials, and using various equipment such as microfilm machines and scanners.  Register by phone: (202) 707-5690 or online loc.gov/rr/news/classes.html. 4 p.m.Lecture Join Bruce Clarke, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, as he moderates a discussion on the rich cultural impact of the photo on the US space program and the environmental movement. “Earthrise: Celebrating the Photograph that Changed (How we View) the World” will take place in room LJ119. The event is free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions. Click here for more information and to secure your ticket. Contact: (202) 707-3302.  Wednesday, April 24NoonFolklife TalkIn his talk, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Langston Collin Wilkins will discuss how “screw” and “slab” combine form a unique local tradition that has affirmed and empowered working class Black Houstonians across several generations.”Street Folk: Hip Hop, Car Culture, and Black Life in Houston, TX” will take place in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: (202) 707-1743.  5 p.m. Lecture Author and diplomat James Ford Cooper worked at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki during the Cold War, first as Political Counselor and later as Deputy Chief of Mission. He was subsequently Director of the State Department Office of Northern European Affairs. Mr. Cooper’s discussion about Finland and the Cold War is on an important topic given the current international political situation. “On the Finland Watch: An American Diplomat in Finland during the Cold War” will take place in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: tspi@loc.gov.   Thursday, April 252 p.m. Symposium The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a special event. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.” The Copyright Office’s program will explore the unique and sometimes surprising relationship between sports and copyright. We will look at different points at which sports and copyright intersect, including how people watch games from home, the various ways athletes work with copyright to develop merchandise and more, and the burgeoning world of esports. Featured speakers include Derrick Heggans, founder and CEO of Global Sports and Entertainment Business Academy (GSB Academy); Delara Derakhshani, counsel, tech policy, Entertainment Software Association; and Robert Garrett, senior counsel, Arnold & Porter. The event will also be live-streamed on the Copyright Office YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/uscopyrightoffice. “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports” will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: (202) 707-0956.  4 p.m.Lecture Stephen Houston, Dupee Family Professor of Social Science, Brown University, and Library of Congress Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas, will discuss ancient Maya warfare and the meanings of conflict and its aftermath. Drawing on recent explorations, Prof. Houston will showcase the lidar technology now revolutionizing the study of Pre-Columbian civilizations. “Flint, Shield, and Fire: Exploring Ancient Maya Warfare” will take place in room LJ119. The event is free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions. Click here for more information and to secure your ticket. A reception will follow. Guests are also invited to visit the “Exploring the Early Americas” exhibit, which displays artifacts from the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. View the collection online here. Contact: (202) 707-3302.  Friday, April 261 p.m.Gallery TalkJoin members of the Library’s Preservation Directorate as they discuss conservation and preservation techniques that have been used to restore, refresh and provide long-term access to unmatched collections by evaluating, managing, and responding to the risks and challenges associated with the wide variety of baseball-related materials in the Library’s care.Experts will be on hand to provide tips on caring for your artifacts and ephemera. Presented part of the Library’s 2019 Preservation Week activities.  “Preserving the Game” will be held inside the Baseball Americana exhibition. Contact: (202) 707-1120.   Saturday, April 2710:30 a.m.Led by Young Reader’s Center volunteers and staff, the Story Time will focus on books such as My Pen by Christopher Myers, I Have an Idea! by Herve Tullet, The Dot by Peter Reynolds, and Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka, all of which center on kids taking their ideas and making them into creative works. A puppet show will feature characters working together to create something, debating on who owns the work (children will interactively take sides), and then resolving the conflict through joint ownership and sharing. Songs will be on the themes of writing, drawing, and making ideas into creative products.This event is great for families with children from 5 to 10 years old. Taking place inside the Library’s Young Readers Center.  This event is an adjunct to the Copyright Matters lecture that will be held April 25, the Copyright Office’s official recognition of World Intellectual Property Day.  The event is free, but due to expected demand, tickets are recommended, and there may be special restrictions. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed. Contact: (202) 707-1950.    2 p.m.It is exceptionally rare that we have the opportunity to hear a previously unknown work by a major composer, but that is precisely what the Library will offer in its presentation of the piano/vocal version of Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo.  The concert is free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions. Click here for more information and to secure your ticket. Pre-Concert Lecture will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. Tickets are not required.  Contact: (202) 707-5502.    Planning Your Visit  The Library of Congress is open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. https://www.loc.gov/visit/    Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. […]

  • Upcoming Events: An Evening with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
    on April 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    ] Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o presents his recently released publication titled, “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” at the Library of Congress. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. […]

  • Upcoming Events: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman
    on April 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Walt Whitman in his younger years, as shown in this 1854 engraving by Samuel Hollyer used in the 1855 first edition of “Leaves of Grass.” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.   The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200thanniversary of American poet and changemaker Walt Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings and artifacts. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. […]

  • Upcoming Events: Happening Week of April 15
    on April 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Upcoming next week at the Library… April is National Poetry Month Monday, April 15 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will celebrate the conclusion of her laureateship in a conversation with state, city and county poets laureate. 7 p.m. in  the Coolidge Auditorium.  The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, please visit this ticketing site: plclosing.eventbrite.com. The event will also be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LOC. For a complete list of events happening next week, visit the Library’s Public Event Calendar.  Planning Your Visit  The Library of Congress is open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. https://www.loc.gov/visit/      Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. […]

  • Upcoming Events: 2019 Earth and Space Science Talks
    on April 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Photo Credit: Benda, Wladyslaw T. (Wladyslaw Theodore), 1873-1948., artist This month, the Library of Congress will kick off the annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its fourteenth 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 Tuesday, April 30 and will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo mission. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. […]


Library of Congress Blog

  • Superheroes, Superteams
    by Neely Tucker on April 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Megan Halsband, a reference librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division, walks us through some of the best superhero teams in comic book history. […]

  • Inquiring Minds: Carolyn Bennett, Teacher-in-Residence
    by Wendi Maloney on April 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Carolyn Bennett, a music at Wheeler Middle/High School in North Stonington, Connecticut, is a teacher-in-residence a the Library’s Learning and Innovation Office this year. […]

  • My Job: Raymond White
    by Neely Tucker on April 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Raymond White discusses his work as a Music Division specialist. […]

  • Pic of the Week: Zimbabwe Edition
    by Neely Tucker on April 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Mokoomba performs during a Homegrown Concert Series event, April 15, 2019. Photo by Shawn Miller. […]

  • Revealing Rare Rivera
    by Neely Tucker on April 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Diego Rivera paintings of the Mayan creation myth, “Popol Vuh,” are being physically analyzed by Library curators and scientists to understand the artist’s materials and techniques. […]


Library of Congress Magazine (LCM)

  • Library of Congress Magazine: March-April: The Art of Song
    on March 8, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    In this issue celebrating our Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, we look at the creative process of songwriting. Plus: Native American voices restored, the story of a slave memoir written in Arabic, and more. Click here for more information. […]

  • Still Time for Last-Minute Giving
    on December 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    The Library’s resolution for 2019 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2018! Your gift supports FREE exhibitions, events, programs, and activities that connect millions of people across the nation and around the world with our unique collections, experts, and services. The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway to understanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere and connect with us in ways that are personally relevant and valuable. […]

  • Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation’s Library
    on December 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The Library’s resolution for 2019 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2018! Your gift can: Inspire curiosity in children to read more books and reflect on the power of books to change their lives Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation’s Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all. Join us TODAY by making your 2018 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning. &nbs […]

  • Make Your Gift to the Nation’s Library
    on November 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    The day has arrived—#GivingTuesday—a day when your gift makes a difference and a statement. The Library of Congress depends on donations from people like you to produce exhibitions, events, programs, and activities that connect millions of people across the nation and around the world with our unique collections, experts, and services. Gifts bring the Library to life with music, dance, film, sound, culture, scholarship, research, discussions and ideas. Your gift, no matter the size, will support diverse programs that are entirely FREE for everyone to enjoy, and will make the Library’s treasures and services more accessible. Help spread the word today and encourage your friends and family to make a gift to the nation’s library, your gateway to understanding the world! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. &nbs […]

  • Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning
    on November 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    This year is the second year the Library of Congress is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 27, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Your gift supports FREE exhibitions, events, programs, and activities that connect millions of people across the nation and around the world with our unique collections, experts, and services. The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway to understanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere and connect with us in ways that are personally relevant and valuable. Save the Date to Make Your Gift! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. […]


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