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Special Project Highlights
Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is an initiative of The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores. This is a popular national reading and writing program for children and young adults. Young readers must write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. Readers can select authors from any genre, fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or historical.
National Book Festival
Since 2001, Library of Congress has sponsored and organized this annual event, which celebrates the joys of reading, inspires a passion for learning and encourages visitors to explore their own creative potential. Previous festivals have drawn such luminaries as David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Irving, Geraldine Brooks, John Hope Franklin, Tom Wolfe, Khaled Hosseini, R.L. Stine, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, and more.
Corporate supporters have included Target, AT&T, The Washington Post, PBS, Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Endowment of the Arts, Library of Congress Federal Credit Union, Scholastic Inc., US Airways, Penguin Group (USA), Borders, ReadAloud.Org, The Amend Group, AARP, Jones International University, and many others.
In February, 2009, Union Pacific Corporation became the generous sole sponsor of our landmark exhibition Abraham Lincoln: With Malice Toward None which celebrated the 200th birthday of America’s 16th president.
The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, and Union Pacific Chairman James R. Young hosted the special exhibition preview in the beautiful Thomas Jefferson Building.
At the exhibition’s opening ceremony, 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award winner and Library of Congress Madison Council member James Earl Jones enraptured the audience with his recitation of Walt Whitman’s two great poems: “O Captain! My Captain!” and “When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom’d.”
Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project collects and preserves the extraordinary first-person accounts of America’s war veterans. Through a nationwide network of partners and volunteers the Project collects interviews, letters, photographs, journals, and memoirs from veterans of every war since World War I, assembling a genuine treasure trove of individual feelings and recollections. The Veterans History Project was recognized as one of the "Top 50" public initiatives during the 2005 Innovations in American Government Awards, a program of Harvard University.
AARP is the Founding Corporate Sponsor of the Veterans History Project.