The Library of Congress offers free programs for the public to share basic preservation information and practical advice for caring for personal collections, and to raise awareness of preservation issues for both family heirlooms and for our public, national collections. Most occur during National Preservation Week (annually at the end of April) and during the Library's National Book Festival (annually at the end of summer) and are varied to cover different types of materials, such as books, paper, photographs, and digital files.
Every year during the last week in April, libraries all across the U.S. celebrate National Preservation Week, an initiative of the American Library Association, to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.
National Preservation Week 2014. The Library celebrates National Preservation Week with presentations on conservation treatment, analyzing large data/datasets, and preservation supply options for properly storing collections.
National Preservation Week 2013. Special focus in 2013 on our military families and the challenges for preserving correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks -- both in traditional and digital form.
National Preservation Week 2012. Programs on preserving books, documents, and other paper-based family treasures, preserving digital files, and a screening of a special Library of Congress photofilm.
Occasionally, preservation staff from the Library participate in local K-12 programs, such as career day, National Reading Month, and other school, library, reading, and science initiatives.