News from the Library of Congress

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  • May 30, 2018  (18-072)
    Library Receives Donation of Popular Art Valued in the Millions The Library of Congress announced today that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi has donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse. This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials,...
    • Date: 2018-05-30
  • May 29, 2018  (18-054)
    Library of Congress Announces Reading-Writing Competition Winners Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2018. The national program, now in its 26th year, asks young people in grades 4-12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives.More than 46,800 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love...
    • Date: 2018-05-29
  • May 25, 2018  (18-074)
    Summer of Baseball to Feature Family Day, Series of Programs with Library's 'Baseball Americana' Exhibition A vintage baseball clinic based on the game’s 19th-century rules, a children’s performance about African-American ballplayers, a conversation with “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and a screening of the popular film “Field of Dreams” will highlight a summer of programs to accompany the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress.Baseball Americana Family Day on Saturday, July 14, will present a daylong series of...
    • Date: 2018-05-25
  • May 24, 2018  (18-073)
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
    • Date: 2018-05-24
  • May 17, 2018  (18-065)
    Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) in Denver will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while Braille and Talking Books at Taylor Community Library (BTBTCL) in...
    • Date: 2018-05-17
  • May 15, 2018  (18-071)
    Papers of President Woodrow Wilson Now Online The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, from his time in the White House and as a scholar and governor of New Jersey, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress 100 years after his presidency. Documents from Wilson also are featured in the Library’s exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.”Librarian of Congress Carla...
    • Date: 2018-05-15
  • May 14, 2018  (18-070)
    Mark Sweeney Named Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Mark Sweeney will serve as Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress.Sweeney has served as Acting Deputy Librarian of Congress since September 2017.“Mark has been a dedicated public servant and leader at the Library for three decades,” Hayden said. “He brings an in-depth understanding of the institution and our staff to this office, and I am so pleased...
    • Date: 2018-05-14
  • May 14, 2018  (18-068)
    Library to Host Public Symposium on the Bible in American History, June 7 Scholars who study the impact of Biblical text on public life in the United States will discuss their research in a symposium titled “The Bible in American History”on Thursday, June 7,at the Library of Congress.The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3 p.m. – 5p.m. in room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2018-05-14
  • May 11, 2018  (18-050)
    Library's Cinematic Treasure Hunt for "Mostly Lost" Films The hunt for lost cinematic treasure will take place again this year at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. Scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts will pool their collective expertise to find clues that will lead to the identification of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films at the seventh annual “Mostly Lost” workshop. This free...
    • Date: 2018-05-11
  • May 10, 2018  (18-056)
    Veterans History Project Commemorates 70th Anniversary of U.S. Military Desegregation The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched an online “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Equality of Treatment and Opportunity: Executive Order 9981,” marking the 70th anniversary of the landmark order that abolished racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces.The feature highlights 15 digitized collections in the VHP archive, each of which includes the first-person narrative of an African-American veteran who served...
    • Date: 2018-05-10
  • May 9, 2018  (18-063)
    'Call Me By Your Name' Author Kicks Off LGBT Month In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, the Library of Congress will host two discussions with writers whose works explore life within the LGBT community and have been adapted to the big screen. From the critically acclaimed novel “Call Me By Your Name” to the adapted film “Love, Simon,” conversations with the authors of these stories, André Aciman and Becky...
    • Date: 2018-05-09
  • May 8, 2018  (18-053)
    Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) has updated its collections policy, changing the scope of the program. With the passing of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511), Congress expanded the VHP mandate to allow Gold Star family members to contribute their own audio- or video-recorded interviews to enrich their veteran’s story. The project now includes oral histories recorded by Gold...
    • Date: 2018-05-08
  • May 7, 2018  (18-064)
    Library of Congress Announces 2018 Homegrown Concert Series The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music, dance and drama drawn from communities across the United States to the historic Coolidge Auditorium stage throughout the summer.The “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by AFC in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The...
    • Date: 2018-05-07
  • May 7, 2018  (18-048)
    Experts on U.S. Relations with China and Russia Appointed as Kluge Center Chairs to Engage with Congress The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two new chairs in U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations that will serve as primary resources in dialogues with Congress. They are James Goldgeier, U.S.-Russia chair, and Minxin Pei, U.S.-China chair, who will begin their tenures at the Kluge Center in September 2018 and January 2019, respectively.The U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China chairs...
    • Date: 2018-05-07
  • May 4, 2018  (18-062)
    FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.The names of...
    • Date: 2018-05-04
  • May 3, 2018  (18-060)
    Baseball's 'Magna Carta' to be Displayed in Major Exhibition on the Game The handwritten “Laws of Base Ball,” which historians have called the “Magna Carta” of the game after they were decided at a convention in 1857, will be among the artifacts featured in the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29 at the Library of Congress. The exhibition will explore baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for...
    • Date: 2018-05-03
  • May 2, 2018  (18-059)
    Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to E. Annie Proulx Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.Hayden selected Proulx as this year’s winner based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners,...
    • Date: 2018-05-02
  • May 1, 2018  (18-061)
    Library of Congress and Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Contest The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.The "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C.; Maryland;...
    • Date: 2018-05-01

April 2018