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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tour — Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Film — Czech Film Series

Noon - 1 p.m.
Docs in Salute Series: "The Immortal Balladeer of Prague: Karel Hasler."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

Lecture — Brahms and Schoenberg

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
David Plylar of the Library presents a lecture on "Developing Variations: Brahms, Schoenberg and 'Verklarte Nacht.'"
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Concert — Pamela Frank and Friends

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Violinist Pamela Frank and friends perform works by DvoYak, Schoenberg and Brahms.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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All Public Events for October 2012

Books and Beyond

Civil Rights Lawyer

October 11, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kenneth W. Mack discusses and signs his new book "Representing the Race: Creating the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1920-1955."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Donn Piatt

October 17, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Peter Bridges discusses and signs his new book "Donn Piatt: Gadfly of the Gilded Age."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

Ole Miss Riot Lecture - CANCELED

October 30, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Henry T. Gallagher discusses and signs his new book "James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier;s Story." CANCELED due to hurricane related building closure.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Ceremony

Americas Awards

October 5, 2012, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Author Monica Brown and illustrator Julie Paschkis of "Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People" and author Margarita Engle of "Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck" receive the Americas Awards for Children's and Young Adult Literature.
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

National Book Collecting Awards

October 19, 2012, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress hosts the National Collegiate Book Collecting Awards Ceremony.
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1519

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Concert

Moscow Sretensky Choir

October 6, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The world-renowned Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir performs a concert of sacred music from the Orthodox liturgy.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Pamela Frank and Friends

October 10, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Violinist Pamela Frank and friends perform works by DvoYak, Schoenberg and Brahms.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Daniel Hope

October 12, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Daniel Hope, violin, and Jeffrey Kahane, piano, play selections from Ravel, Brahms and Mendelssohn along with the world premiere of Muhly's "Autogram."
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Woody Guthrie Celebration

October 13, 2012, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bob Santelli, GRAMMY Museum executive director, hosts a performance and conversation celebrating Woody Guthrie.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Ron Carter Trio

October 17, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Ron Carter Trio presents an all-acoustic jazz performance.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Rose of Sharon

October 20, 2012, 2 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Rose of Sharon project presents an afternoon of Americana, featuring ballads, folksongs, Shaker hymns and spirituals, music from revival meetings and battlefields, and products of Americas first composers, Francis Hopkinson and William Billings.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Pieter Wispelwey

October 26, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Pieter Wispelwey, cello, and Lois Shapiro, piano, perform works by Beethoven, Ligeti, Stravinsky and Shostakovich.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Pieter Wispelwey Master Class

October 27, 2012, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cellist Pieter Wispelwey presents a master class open to students and music lovers of all ages.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Morton Subotnick - CANCELED

October 30, 2012, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Morton Subotnick presents his work "Lucy: Song and Dance, an opera without words," featuring Joan LaBarbara, voice, pianist Jenny Lin and multimedia artist Lillevan. CANCELED due to hurricane related building closure.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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Exhibition

Words Like Sapphires opens

October 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012" celebrates the centennial of the 1912 gift from Jacob H. Schiff of nearly 10,000 books and pamphlets from the collection of well-known bibliographer and bookseller Ephraim Deinard to the Library of Congress.
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

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Film

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4, 2012, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The film "Los Viajes del Viento" (The Wind Journey) is being screened.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6404

"Thunderball"

October 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Thunderball" (United Artists, 1965).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Avant-Garde Works

October 9, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Camera Obscura: An Evening of Avant-Garde Works From The National Film Registry" (Independent, 1940-1978).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Czech Film Series

October 10, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Docs in Salute Series: "The Immortal Balladeer of Prague: Karel Hasler."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"The Spy Who Came In From the Cold"

October 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" (Paramount, 1965).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Too Many Girls"

October 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Too Many Girls" (RKO, 1940).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"On Her Majestys Secret Service"

October 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"On Her Majestys Secret Service" (United Artists, 1969).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

Czech Documentary Series

October 17, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Docs in Salute Series: "Four Pairs of Shoes."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-9897

"Frankenstein"

October 18, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Frankenstein" (Universal, 1931).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Hunger"

October 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"The Hunger" (MGM, 1983).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"Phantom of the Opera"

October 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Phantom of the Opera" (Universal, 1925).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

"The Canterville Ghost" (

October 27, 2012, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
"The Canterville Ghost" (MGM, 1944).
Location: Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, VA, Packard Campus Building
Contact: (202) 707-9994

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Holiday

Columbus Day

October 8, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Jefferson Building's Great Hall and exhibitions will be open to the public. A special Main Reading Room open house will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All other reading rooms and other Library buildings will be closed in observance of the Columbus Day federal holiday.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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Lecture

Climate Change Policy

October 2, 2012, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Peter C. Frumhoff of the Union of Concerned Scientists presents a talk on "Climate Change Policy."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1209

Samuel Barber

October 2, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Barbara Heyman of Brooklyn College, City University of New York, presents "Samuel Barber: Serendipitous Discoveries."
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Growing Chinese Vegetables

October 2, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Wendy Kiang-Spray of the University of the District of Columbia's Cooperative Extension Service presents "Growing and Cooking Chinese Vegetables."
Location: LM 139, First floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-0979

Library of Alexandria

October 2, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Hassan M. Eltaher presents a talk titled "Resurrecting the Ancient Library of Alexandria: A Mega Project of Major Cultural and Historical Significance."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4708

Grandmother in Baghdad

October 4, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Jeffrey Page, chief financial officer of the Library of Congress, presents "When Grandmother Went to Baghdad (1925-1927)."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-4112

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 9, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Screened is "A Better Life," a movie by Chris Weitz.
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6404

Brahms and Schoenberg

October 10, 2012, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
David Plylar of the Library presents a lecture on "Developing Variations: Brahms, Schoenberg and 'Verklarte Nacht.'"
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Mark Van Stone of Southwestern College presents "The Ancient Maya and the Year 2012."
Location: Montpelier Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6404

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Rolena Adorno gives a talk on "A Look Into Mexican-American Heritage Past, Present and Future: The Baroque Genius of Carlos de Siguenza y Gongora."
Location: Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-6404

Nico Muhly

October 12, 2012, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Composer Nico Muhly discusses his work.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Earth Perspective

October 16, 2012, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Waleed Abdalati of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center discusses ""Looking Homeward Towards Earth: The Power of Perspective."
Location: Pickford Theater, Third floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-1209

Victor Hebert

October 16, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Loras Schissel of the Music Division discusses "The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond

October 17, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Author and blogger Cory Doctorow presents "A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond."
Location: Dining Room A, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Contact: (202) 707-2603

19th-century Sheet Music

October 23, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Sharon McKinley of the Music Division presents "Great-Great-Grandma's Piano Bench: 19th-century American Popular Sheet Music from Personal Collections."
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

The Bandung Meeting

October 25, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Kluge Fellow Christopher Lee presents "The Bandung Meeting: Understanding the Indian Ocean World and the Cold War."
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3302

Hebrew Books

October 25, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Emile Schrijver, curator of Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana at the University of Amsterdam, gives an illustrated lecture on "Hebrew Books Since the Invention of Printing."
Location: African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

Cellos

October 26, 2012, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
John Moran, president of the Kindler Cello Society, is the featured guest speaker.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

Perspectives on the Hebraic Book - CANCELED

October 29, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
The authors of "Perspectives on the Hebraic Book: the Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress" discuss and sign the book. CANCELED due to hurricane related building closure.
Location: Kluge Center Meeting Room, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-3779

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Gallery Talk

"Down to Earth" Tour

October 3, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curators Sara Duke and Carol Johnson talk about the works featured in the exhibition "Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment"
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Photographer Robert Coppola

October 11, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Photographer Robert Coppola will talk about his work featured in the exhibition "Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment."
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Down to Earth

October 17, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curators Sara Duke and Carol Johnson talk about the works featured in the exhibition "Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment" in the Graphics Arts Galleries.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

Passover Haggadah

October 31, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m.
Curator Peggy Pearlstein discusses the Passover Haggadah in the "Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012" exhibition.
Location: Great Hall South Gallery, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-9203

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Tour

Public Tours of the Jefferson Building

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. (no 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays)
Location: Ground Floor Visitors' Theater.
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Thomas Jefferson Bldg Tours - CANCELED

October 29, 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Public Tours of the Jefferson Bldg: Monday through Friday at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM Saturday at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM Please gather in the Ground Floor Visitors' Theater. Canceled Oct. 29 due to hurricane-related building closure.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building - Visitors' Assembly Area, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

Thomas Jefferson Bldg Tours - CANCELED

October 30, 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Public Tours of the Jefferson Bldg: Monday through Friday at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM Saturday at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM Please gather in the Ground Floor Visitors' Theater. CANCELED due to hurricane related building closure.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building - Visitors' Assembly Area, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-8000

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