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  • Library hosts month of programming focused on race and isolation with ‘Heads of the Colored People’ Author
    by george.williams2 on April 25, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Library hosts month of programming focused on race and isolation with ‘Heads of the Colored People’ AuthorNafissa Thompson-Spires’ short-story collection focus of 2019 DC ReadsIn 2019, America still celebrates the first African-American who achieves a milestone. But how does that person deal with the pressure and the loneliness that can come with being the first or the only African-American? This May, the Library will explore those themes with programs centering on Nafissa Thompson-Spires’s “Heads of the Colored People” as part of the 2019 DC Reads celebration.   Press Releases […]

  • Local Artist, Teacher Selected for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Public Art
    by george.williams2 on April 22, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Local Artist, Teacher Selected for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Public ArtNekisha Durrett to Design Art for Two Double-height Glass WallsThe DC Public Library has selected artist and DC Public Schools (DCPS) teacher Nekisha Durrett to create a treatment for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s new glass-walled vestibule. As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s $211 million modernization, the main entrance of the building at 901 G St NW will create a sense of openness and welcome when it reopens in 2020. New double-height glass walls showcasing two grand, monumental staircases and the public art are replacing the brick walls flanking the vestibule’s east and west sides. Press Releases […]

  • West End, Cleveland Park Libraries Receive Architectural Honors 
    by george.williams2 on April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    West End, Cleveland Park Libraries Receive Architectural Honors Two of the newest DC Public Library buildings are 2019 honorees of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC). The West End Library won the 2019 DC Chapter Design award and the Cleveland Park Library received the 2019 Urban Catalyst award. Press Releases […]

  • Mayor Bowser Celebrates Modernization of Capitol View Library in Ward 7
    by george.williams2 on March 25, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Mayor Bowser Celebrates Modernization of Capitol View Library in Ward 7The Mayor’s Recently Released Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Includes an Additional $1 Million for Continued ImprovementsOn Saturday, March 23, Mayor Muriel Bowser cut the ribbon on the modernized Capitol View Library in Ward 7. In addition to celebrating the updated Capitol View Library, the Mayor also announced that she has committed $1 million in her proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for continued improvements to the facility.   Press Releases […]

  • Statement From Gregory M. McCarthy on Mayor Bowser’s FY 2020 Budget
    by george.williams2 on March 21, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Statement From Gregory M. McCarthy on Mayor Bowser’s FY 2020 BudgetIf you believe that libraries are an integral part of our city’s educational and social fabric, Mayor Bowser’s budget proposal for the opening of our new downtown Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library next year is very welcome news. She is making available to us the resources and people we need to ensure that this new civic jewel will shine with programs to match its architectural virtues. Get ready, DC. You’re going to have a flagship library like you never imagined!   ### Press Releases […]



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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. […]

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