News from the Library of Congress

September 2022

  • September 22, 2022  (22-083)
    Live at the Library to Feature Giant Bible of Mainz in October The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will feature a rare viewing of one of the Library’s treasures, the Giant Bible of Mainz, in celebration of National German-American Friendship Day.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and snacks available for...
    • Date: 2022-09-22
  • September 21, 2022  (22-084)
    Library of Congress Launches Effort to Transform Collections Management and Access The Library of Congress has awarded a major contract to further develop and implement a new, open-source IT platform that will revolutionize how the Library’s vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible for the public, Congress, Library employees and other institutions.The new Library Collections Access Platform software application will serve as the heart of the Library’s collections management operations, connecting several...
    • Date: 2022-09-21
  • September 20, 2022  (22-081)
    Library Welcomes Teachers to Advance Accessibility of Primary Sources for Educators The Library of Congress kicked off the 2022-2023 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus. Jacqueline Katz and Caneisha Mills will work closely with staff in the Library’s Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement to make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers, students and families throughout the United States.Jacqueline Katz, a high school science teacher from...
    • Date: 2022-09-20
  • September 14, 2022  (22-078)
    Chronicling America Reaches 50 States Chronicling America, the searchable online database of historic American newspapers, will soon include digitized newspapers from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed and maintained online at the Library of Congress, Chronicling America offers free online access to 19.9 million pages of newspapers published in the United...
    • Date: 2022-09-14
  • September 12, 2022  (22-077)
    Library of Congress Announces Fall 2022 Concert Series Concerts from the Library of Congress will return to the historic Coolidge Auditorium for the 2022-2023 season. The fall series begins Oct. 14 with multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Magda Giannikou and her global pop ensemble Banda Magda. The following day, the Apollon Musagète Quartet performs the Shostakovich piano quintet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson.All events are presented live in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, free of...
    • Date: 2022-09-12
  • September 8, 2022  (22-076)
    Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2022 Literacy Awards on International Literacy Day Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. Top prizes are being awarded to Street Child, Make Way for Books and Young African Refugees for Integral Development.The Literacy Awards Program, originated by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honors organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable...
    • Date: 2022-09-08
  • September 7, 2022  (22-075)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Director of the John W. Kluge Center Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Kevin Butterfield as director of the John W. Kluge Center. A noted historian, Butterfield brings two decades of experience teaching, writing and directing major research centers.“We’re thrilled to have Kevin Butterfield joining our team at the Library of Congress,” Hayden said. “His award-winning record of leadership in the field of early U.S. history speaks...
    • Date: 2022-09-07

August 2022

  • August 30, 2022  (22-073)
    A Festival for Families: National Book Festival Offers Activities for Children, Families Children, teens and families will find a full schedule of free activities at the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3.The schedule is online and can be sorted by stage and by area of interest. This year’s festival offers three stages for young readers: Please Read Me a Story, KidLit and Young Adult. The schedule also includes book signings, hands-on...
    • Date: 2022-08-30
  • August 26, 2022  (22-072)
    Library to Host Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum on Sept. 21 The Library of Congress will hold a free virtual forum on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT to discuss Congress.gov, the authoritative source for federal legislative information, and to receive public feedback about the site. Registration is open to all. The Library encourages everyone interested in legislative data, from experienced Congress.gov users to those who may be new to tracking federal...
    • Date: 2022-08-26
  • August 25, 2022  (22-070)
    Join the 'Team That Reads' for Library of Congress Night at Nationals Park on Aug. 30 Book and baseball lovers are invited to join Library of Congress Night at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when the Washington Nationals take on the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m. The evening will highlight the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will throw out the first pitch of the game.The 2022 Library of...
    • Date: 2022-08-25
  • August 25, 2022  (22-071)
    Live at the Library to Feature Actor Frances McDormand, Poet Laureate Ada Limón in September The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will feature special events with actor Frances McDormand in conversation with radio and podcast producers the Kitchen Sisters, the inaugural reading of U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón and more in September.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to...
    • Date: 2022-08-25
  • August 10, 2022  (22-069)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Partners With PBS Books to Feature Literary Voices from the Festival Book lovers across the nation can enjoy an early literary taste of the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on PBS Books, which will host a series of virtual interviews with some of the festival’s featured authors beginning Aug. 15.This marks the seventh collaboration between the Library of Congress National Book Festival and PBS Books, a national programming initiative produced by Detroit Public...
    • Date: 2022-08-10
  • August 4, 2022  (22-064)
    Library Acquires Original Artwork by Children's Author Vera B. Williams The Library of Congress has acquired the original watercolor illustrations created by Vera B. Williams for her children’s books, “A Chair for Always” (2009) and “Cherries and Cherry Pits” (1986). The collection was acquired from Williams’ children on behalf of the Vera B. Williams Trust.Award-winning author and illustrator Vera B. Williams (1927-2015) brought to life the voices and imaginations of working-class children in loving...
    • Date: 2022-08-04
  • August 1, 2022  (22-068)
    Copyright Online Recordation System Opens for Public Use Culminating over two years of software development and extensive user-experience testing, the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office have opened the new Copyright Recordation System of the Enterprise Copyright System, a new technology platform, for use by the general public.“The Copyright Office is extremely pleased to open the new online recordation system to the public today,” said Denise Wofford, assistant register...
    • Date: 2022-08-01

July 2022

  • July 29, 2022  (22-067)
    August Film Screenings at the Packard Campus Theater A sampling of various film genres named to the National Film Registry for posterity will be showcased in August at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia.The series will offer a film every Friday at 7:30 p.m., a matinee on Saturdays at 2 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening. Programs are free and the matinee shows will be family friendly....
    • Date: 2022-07-29
  • July 28, 2022  (22-065)
    Library of Congress Appoints Leaders to Advance Digital-Forward Strategy for Discovery and Preservation of Collections The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two digital transformation leaders to direct acquisition, discovery, use and preservation of the Library’s collections.Kate Zwaard has been appointed associate librarian for Discovery and Preservation Services. A strategic leader with 20 years of experience in government and libraries, Zwaard will lead more than 600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, preservation and discovery of Library collections....
    • Date: 2022-07-28
  • July 21, 2022  (22-066)
    Explore Library Collections, Reading Rooms During Live at the Library The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will offer a special opportunity for visitors to explore the Library of Congress’ reading rooms, collections and exhibitions in August. Visitors are also invited to a special celebration of audiobooks and the Library’s recorded sound collections.Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the Thomas Jefferson Building. Visit loc.gov/visit to reserve your pass for Live at...
    • Date: 2022-07-21
  • July 18, 2022  (22-063)
    Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Judge David P. Shaw as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Shaw will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who returned from retirement on Nov. 8, 2021, to serve as interim chief copyright royalty judge."It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Judge Shaw and...
    • Date: 2022-07-18
  • July 14, 2022  (22-061)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival returns to the Washington Convention Center this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, featuring more than 120 authors, poets and writers, and celebrating the festival theme, “Books Bring Us Together.”With the return to an in-person festival, attendees will find sessions that reflect their lives and interests in the lineup of diverse offerings. Books in all...
    • Date: 2022-07-14
  • July 12, 2022  (22-060)
    Librarian of Congress Names Ada Limón the Nation's 24th U.S. Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Ada Limón as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2022-2023. Limón will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 29 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.“Ada Limón is a poet who connects,” Hayden said. “Her accessible, engaging poems ground...
    • Date: 2022-07-12
  • July 12, 2022  (22-A03)
    Jefferson Building Access Changes, July 12 On Tuesday, July 12, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Jefferson Building. The Great Hall, adjacent exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for the entire day.Researchers may access all Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open normal hours of service with regular access, except...
    • Date: 2022-07-12
  • July 7, 2022  (22-062)
    Library to Host Biannual Copyright Public Modernization Committee Meeting on July 28 The third public meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee will take place virtually on July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. EST. The meeting will include remarks from Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter and Judith Conklin, the Library’s chief information officer, as well as an update on the development of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) and related copyright IT modernization efforts. ECS is...
    • Date: 2022-07-07

June 2022

May 2022

  • May 31, 2022  (22-046)
    Library of Congress Offers Second Round of Grant Funding to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities The Library of Congress is offering the second round of grants available to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. The Community Collections Grants from the Library’s American Folklife Center offer a wide range of opportunities for many to document experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the Library’s...
    • Date: 2022-05-31
  • May 27, 2022  (22-044)
    Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to Summer Internship Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 46 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students to its Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program to complete 27 projects. The 2022 cohort marks more than three decades that this signature initiative of the Library has been offered to students. The program is being offered as a virtual internship for the third year in a row, following a...
    • Date: 2022-05-27
  • May 27, 2022  (22-047)
    Kluge Center Welcomes Chairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholars into Residence Seven scholars holding distinguished visiting scholar and chair positions at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress are beginning their terms in residence in the spring and early summer 2022.These positions are filled by invitation of the Librarian of Congress, and scholars enjoy individual offices in the Jefferson Building, where they engage in writing and research and interact with other scholars...
    • Date: 2022-05-27
  • May 20, 2022  (22-043)
    Nicole Saylor Appointed Director of American Folklife Center Nicole “Nicki” Saylor has been appointed the fourth director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, effective May 22, 2022. Saylor succeeds Elizabeth Peterson, who retired from federal service in March.Before her new role at the American Folklife Center (AFC), Saylor served as chief of the Library’s Digital Innovation Lab, where she oversaw a team of innovation specialists who explore new...
    • Date: 2022-05-20
  • May 19, 2022  (22-045)
    Live at the Library to Feature Annie Leibovitz, Sean Doolittle of Washington Nationals in June The Library of Congress continues its new Thursday evening series Live at the Library featuring special conversations with photographer Annie Leibovitz, baseball player and bookstore fan Sean Doolittle and more in June.On Thursday evenings the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and food available for...
    • Date: 2022-05-19
  • May 18, 2022  (22-037)
    Libraries in Washington and Florida Honored by the Library of Congress for Outstanding Service to Readers with Disabilities The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress today presented awards to two of its cooperating libraries in Washington and Florida. NLS recognized them for their outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities.The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle, Washington, received the 2022 Regional Library of the Year Award, while the...
    • Date: 2022-05-18
  • May 11, 2022  (22-042)
    2022 FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community Excellence The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which 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.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The fiscal year 2021 winners...
    • Date: 2022-05-11
  • May 9, 2022  (22-041)
    Exhibit and Digital Crowdsourcing Marks 200 Years of Frederick Law Olmsted The Library of Congress is marking the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted — the landscape architect and writer who designed the U.S. Capitol grounds and many public parks and university campuses — with a display on view through June 4.The “Olmsted Bicentennial” exhibition is on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building in the Great Hall East and West galleries. This...
    • Date: 2022-05-09
  • May 6, 2022  (22-040)
    Concerts from the Library of Congress Presents Live Performances, Discussions in May and June Concerts from the Library of Congress is celebrating the return of live events at the Library with a rich mix of classical chamber music, Latin jazz and a panoramic outlook on new music in America. All events are presented free of charge to the public. Patrons can register to attend in-person events by visiting loc.gov/concerts. Virtual programming will be presented on loc.gov/concerts and the...
    • Date: 2022-05-06
  • May 6, 2022  (22-038)
    Library of Congress Awards More than $250,000 to Inaugural Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections The Library of Congress today announced that three grants, totaling $250,000, have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Libraries, Archives, Museums, Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions and Artists/Scholars. The 2022 awardees — Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky, and Maya Cade, founder of the Black Film Archive in New York — will use these...
    • Date: 2022-05-06
  • May 5, 2022  (22-036)
    Three-Part Series of Interviews with Award-Winning African Writers Debuts During Africa Month Celebrations A three-part series of interviews with award-winning African writers will debut at the Library of Congress beginning today to coincide with Africa Month, an increasingly popular celebration of the continent’s peoples, cultures and history. The interviews are part of the “Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series” produced by the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division since 2008 to promote a greater cross-cultural understanding...
    • Date: 2022-05-05

April 2022

  • April 27, 2022  (22-A02)
    Jefferson Building Access Changes, April 28 On Thursday, April 28, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Jefferson Building. The Great Hall, adjacent exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for a special event until 1 p.m. Researchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open normal hours of service...
    • Date: 2022-04-27
  • April 26, 2022  (22-035)
    Jason Reynolds Expands Commitment to Rural America with In-Person Events This Spring Jason Reynolds continues his work to empower students in rural and underserved communities in 2022 — his third year as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In May, Reynolds will kick off the first in-person leg of his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” tour in Montana. Participating schools have never hosted an author visit and were selected from more than 200 proposals. As...
    • Date: 2022-04-26
  • April 25, 2022  (22-034)
    Library of Congress Acquires Papers of Award-Winning Playwright Neil Simon The Library of Congress has acquired the manuscripts and papers of playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, the most commercially successful American playwright of the 20th century.The donation will be announced at a special event with actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, and Elaine Joyce Simon, actor and Simon’s widow, Monday night at the Library. The public is invited to join the event by...
    • Date: 2022-04-25
  • April 22, 2022  (22-031)
    Library Co-Publishes New Volume on History of the U.S. Supreme Court A new volume in The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the U.S. Supreme Court describes the closing of one era in constitutional jurisprudence and the opening of another. “The Hughes Court: From Progressivism to Pluralism, 1930 to 1941” is a comprehensive study of the court under the leadership of Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.Written by Mark V. Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor...
    • Date: 2022-04-22
  • April 21, 2022  (22-032)
    "Live at the Library" to Welcome Evening Visitors, Special Guests on Thursdays The Library of Congress will create a new evening visitor experience featuring extended public hours on Thursday evenings and regular live programming as part of a new ongoing series, Live at the Library.“The nation’s library is a treasure chest, and we’re happy to welcome everyone on Thursday evenings for a new way to engage and experience the wide variety of cultural programs and collections...
    • Date: 2022-04-21
  • April 13, 2022  (22-026)
    National Recording Registry Inducts Music from Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Journey and More in 2022 Alicia Keys’ debut album “Songs in A Minor,” Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” are some of the unforgettable sounds of the nation’s history and culture joining the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The 2022 class includes important inductions of hip-hop and Latin music, including recordings by Linda Ronstadt, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and...
    • Date: 2022-04-13
  • April 5, 2022  (22-029)
    Library to Celebrate Joy Harjo's Three Terms as U.S. Poet Laureate The Library of Congress will celebrate Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate, as her three terms in the position come to a conclusion with two public programs at the end of April.“For a remarkable three terms as U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo has tirelessly promoted Native poets and poetry,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “To her, poems are ‘carriers of...
    • Date: 2022-04-05