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On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to ...
01/26/2023
Live at the Library to Celebrate Black History Month, Presidents Day in February

On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Take a look at the special Black History Month and Presidents Day programming planned for Live At The Library in February. http://go.loc.gov/LpfJ50MBzNh

Dive deep into the Library’s collections in celebration of Black History Month with displays and a performance from the Library’s American Folklife...

This week, the Library and Every Child a Reader announced the appointment of Meg Medina as the eighth National Ambassado...
01/26/2023

This week, the Library and Every Child a Reader announced the appointment of Meg Medina as the eighth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Medina is Cuban-American and the first Latina to serve in the role.

As she prepared for her historic appointment, we asked her about what brought her to the position, what drives her passion as a literacy advocate, and what she sees on the horizon: http://go.loc.gov/TtK850MAATG

It's  and there are so many shelves to love at the Library of Congress. From our permanent, public exhibition of Thomas ...
01/25/2023

It's and there are so many shelves to love at the Library of Congress. From our permanent, public exhibition of Thomas Jefferson's book collection to our historical newspaper stacks and our stunning rare books. These photos barely scratch the surface!

Raise your hand if you're a Star Trek fan. 🖖✋ Here's an interesting piece of trivia for you from the U.S. Copyright Offi...
01/24/2023

Raise your hand if you're a Star Trek fan. 🖖✋ Here's an interesting piece of trivia for you from the U.S. Copyright Office, which is housed at the Library of Congress: Alexander Courage's original theme song was submitted for copyright under his name on November 7, 1966. Fifty days later, the Copyright Office received a second registration for the same music — with two additions. Beneath Courage’s name was that of series creator Gene Roddenberry in a different ink and handwriting. Below that, lyrics had been scrawled alongside the music. The lyrics never were used in the show and weren’t intended to be. However, because they were added to the copyright registration, Roddenberry received a co-writer credit and 50% of the song royalties.

Read more: http://go.loc.gov/KZu350MzmWI

TODAY: Join us as we inaugurate Meg Medina the eighth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The National Am...
01/24/2023

TODAY: Join us as we inaugurate Meg Medina the eighth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The National Ambassador is charged with fostering a love of reading, writing and civic engagement among children, teens and families.

More: http://go.loc.gov/oHEr50MuZSA

On this National Handwriting Day, consider being a virtual volunteer and helping transcribe Library of Congress document...
01/23/2023

On this National Handwriting Day, consider being a virtual volunteer and helping transcribe Library of Congress documents to improve search, access, and discovery of pages from history! http://go.loc.gov/n1a550MxTKP

In this example, American Red Cross founder Clara Barton's nephew writes to her: "The ladies of the Riverside Red Cross have determined to present a picture of you to the High School to be hung in a prominent place in the auditorium of the new building, and they have asked me to write you and learn whether you have any favorite likeness which seems to you better than others."

SHOP SATURDAY: The Symbol of Knowledge Brooch is inspired by an architectural detail on the second floor, west side, of ...
01/21/2023

SHOP SATURDAY: The Symbol of Knowledge Brooch is inspired by an architectural detail on the second floor, west side, of the Great Hall. The open book symbolizes the importance of learning in a knowledge-based democracy.

Shop now: http://go.loc.gov/c8VX50MwB3Z

Launched by the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, this series of grants is awarded to individuals a...
01/20/2023
Library Awards More than $500,000 to Support Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities

Launched by the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, this series of grants is awarded to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections.

The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the second recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grant program....

NEWS: The Library will present a series of concerts and more this spring, with chamber music, jazz, dance and film event...
01/20/2023

NEWS: The Library will present a series of concerts and more this spring, with chamber music, jazz, dance and film events.

More: http://go.loc.gov/wPip50Mwa4f

NEXT WEEK: Join us as we inaugurate Meg Medina the eighth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The Nationa...
01/20/2023

NEXT WEEK: Join us as we inaugurate Meg Medina the eighth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. The National Ambassador is charged with fostering a love of reading, writing and civic engagement among children, teens and families.

More: http://go.loc.gov/oHEr50MuZSA

Today in History: Beginning in 1937, U.S. presidents are inaugurated on this day, changed from March 4 after the 20th am...
01/20/2023

Today in History: Beginning in 1937, U.S. presidents are inaugurated on this day, changed from March 4 after the 20th amendment to the Constitution is passed. http://go.loc.gov/fsBm50MixGs

We're sure all of you are familiar with the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but how much do you know about his wife,...
01/19/2023

We're sure all of you are familiar with the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but how much do you know about his wife, Coretta Scott King?

Coretta became active in the Civil Rights Movement long before marrying Martin Luther King Jr. As a student at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, she was unable to complete the student teaching required by her program because of the discrimination of the local schools. To try and correct this injustice, she joined a local chapter of the NAACP. Still the local schools were unwilling to accept her. She was offered an alternative by her university; she eventually went to another school in Boston.

In Boston, she was introduced to her future husband. The two were an intellectual match and they spent many hours discussing racism. King was initially very impressed by her, but her feelings for him took more time to grow. They were married in June of 1953 and Coretta had the line "to obey" removed from their vows.

In the full swing of the Civil Rights Movement, her husband had become a household name and the target of criticism from within the movement and death threats and attempts from outside. Despite all of this, Coretta increased her participation in the movement. She attended and spoke at events that promoted international peace and advocated for the passing of the Civil Rights Act. She even gave interviews and criticized how the work of women in the Civil Rights Movement was ignored.

Even after the tragic assassination of her husband in 1968, she continued to be active in the movement. She expanded her activism to include anti-apartheid action and LBGT rights. In 1983, she advocated for including LGBT rights in the Civil Rights Act. She also founded the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change and was a relentless critic of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.

Coretta Scott King died in 2006 when she was 77 years old. We have her to thank for today's federal holiday. She campaigned for years to have the work of her husband recognized every year on his birthday (January 15). While we reflect on the work of Dr. King today, let's also think of the work and sacrifice of his wife, Coretta Scott King.

Image: Coretta Scott King looks out into the crowd at the Democratic National Convention, 1976. (The Library of Congress)

TONIGHT: Join us for an array of different  events happening, including "Artists Approach the Book" and "Mary Cardwell D...
01/19/2023

TONIGHT: Join us for an array of different events happening, including "Artists Approach the Book" and "Mary Cardwell Dawson and the National Negro Opera Company."

Plan your visit: http://go.loc.gov/v4UL50MqqJj

NEWS: Meg Medina has been named the 2023/2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. As a Cuban-American, Me...
01/18/2023

NEWS: Meg Medina has been named the 2023/2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. As a Cuban-American, Medina is the first author of Latina heritage to serve as National Ambassador in the program’s history!

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Meg Medina ha sido nombrada Embajadora Nacional para la Literatura Juvenil 2023-2024. Como cubano-americana, Medina es ¡la primera latina nombrada Embajadora Nacional en la historia del programa!

http://go.loc.gov/ULNf50MtNCI

THIS WEEK: Join us for an array of different  events happening, including "Artists Approach the Book" and "Mary Cardwell...
01/17/2023

THIS WEEK: Join us for an array of different events happening, including "Artists Approach the Book" and "Mary Cardwell Dawson and the National Negro Opera Company."

Plan your visit: http://go.loc.gov/EEG150MqqH1

On a cold January day 35 years ago, in 1988, a 500-pound time capsule filled with remembrances of Martin Luther King, Jr...
01/16/2023

On a cold January day 35 years ago, in 1988, a 500-pound time capsule filled with remembrances of Martin Luther King, Jr. was lowered into the ground at Western Plaza in Washington, D.C., just a stone's throw from the White House. Later that year — only the third that King's birthday was celebrated as a federal holiday — the plaza would be renamed Freedom Plaza in his honor.

The capsule, which is not expected to be opened until 2088, contains "a draft of King's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, his Bible, audio-taped tributes from statesmen around the world and the clergyman's robe he preached in as a young minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta," according to a 1988 Washington Post article about the ceremony.

These photos of that ceremony are in the Library's Carol Highsmith archive.

The 2023 Literacy Awards Program applications are open now through March 1, 2023. Non-profit organizations from around t...
01/14/2023

The 2023 Literacy Awards Program applications are open now through March 1, 2023. Non-profit organizations from around the world working to promote literacy and reading are encouraged to apply.

Winners will receive up to $150,000 in cash prizes, public recognition for their outstanding literacy and reading promotion work, and the opportunity to join a network of past winners and honorees.

Apply now: http://go.loc.gov/TiVh50Mpaji

All applicants are invited to register for a virtual information session on February 2: http://go.loc.gov/4l3e50Mpajh

Today in History: The U.S. is established as sovereign nation with ratification of the Treaty of Paris, 1784   http://go...
01/14/2023

Today in History: The U.S. is established as sovereign nation with ratification of the Treaty of Paris, 1784 http://go.loc.gov/pvqe50MmIrG

01/13/2023
Nitrate film repair

One of the Library's missions is to preserve audio-visual materials. Library employees who work at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) in Culpeper, Virginia carry out that mission on a daily basis. One of the formats they work with is nitrate film, which is fragile and flammable. This is an example of how old nitrate film is stored, inspected and repaired at the NAVCC. The film being inspected is a 1925 cartoon, "Foam Sweet Foam."

Last week we showed you how we pull Library materials — including comic books — for new Congress members to use for swea...
01/13/2023

Last week we showed you how we pull Library materials — including comic books — for new Congress members to use for swearing-in ceremonies. We are happy to provide an update in the form of photographs from two of those ceremonies! Congratulations, Rep. Robert Garcia and Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón.

NEWS: Joni Mitchell will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the nation’s ...
01/12/2023

NEWS: Joni Mitchell will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the nation’s highest award for influence, impact and achievement in popular music. She will receive the prize at an all-star concert in Washington, D.C., in March, which will air on PBS stations. http://go.loc.gov/Gx2r50MoUSq

Today in History: president of Second Continental Congress & signer of Declaration of Independence John Hancock born, 17...
01/12/2023

Today in History: president of Second Continental Congress & signer of Declaration of Independence John Hancock born, 1737 http://go.loc.gov/MKye50MmIq0

Battle the January doldrums by visiting the Library. A brand new exhibition is on display, and a special event on Januar...
01/10/2023
Live at the Library to Feature Rare Book Collection, New Exhibition in January

Battle the January doldrums by visiting the Library. A brand new exhibition is on display, and a special event on January 19th will celebrate the Historic Aramont Library.

On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Before the meme, there were posters. Explore the Library's poster collection in the latest issue of the Library of Congr...
01/09/2023

Before the meme, there were posters. Explore the Library's poster collection in the latest issue of the Library of Congress Magazine: http://ow.ly/zWS950Mll0n

SHOP SATURDAY: Choose one or build your “library” with all three. Cheery ceramic “book” vases have inspiring titles and ...
01/07/2023

SHOP SATURDAY: Choose one or build your “library” with all three. Cheery ceramic “book” vases have inspiring titles and are great for organizing kitchen tools or displaying a beautiful bouquet. Only at the Library's Shop: http://go.loc.gov/Fj8m50Mjr75

01/06/2023
Preparing materials requested by Congress members for their oaths of office

The Library always stands ready to assist when a new Congress convenes. This week we pulled materials from our collections for Congress members to be sworn in with. Here's a behind-the-scenes look from our comic book vault. We thank the Capitol Police for all they do, including their involvement in this process! They'll keep these treasures safe by escorting them from the Library to the Capitol and back again.

TONIGHT: Enjoy happy hour drinks and food while visiting the Library of Congress during our extended hours every Thursda...
01/05/2023

TONIGHT: Enjoy happy hour drinks and food while visiting the Library of Congress during our extended hours every Thursday night. Plan your visit to explore our exhibits, collections and programs.

Join us at : http://go.loc.gov/fTHM50Mheki

One of the most beloved free-to-use photos in the Library's collection is of Brünnhilde, for obvious reasons. We're happ...
01/03/2023

One of the most beloved free-to-use photos in the Library's collection is of Brünnhilde, for obvious reasons. We're happy to report that 2023 comes with a freshly digitized photograph of Brünnhilde from another angle. 😻

More of our free-to-use photos: http://go.loc.gov/El3m50Mhy3V

On this day 131 years ago, on January 1, 1892, a 15-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first of the more t...
01/01/2023

On this day 131 years ago, on January 1, 1892, a 15-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore became the first of the more than 12 million immigrants who would pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station in its 62 years of operation. http://go.loc.gov/FNW050MenRZ

Sometimes, we come across antique recipes within our manuscripts. Sometimes, we can't resist trying them out ourselves. ...
12/31/2022

Sometimes, we come across antique recipes within our manuscripts. Sometimes, we can't resist trying them out ourselves. In the Unfolding History blog, archivist Andrea J. Briggs writes about attempting a 130-year-old gingerbread recipe.

http://go.loc.gov/SCF650Memje

SHOP SATURDAY: Shop our year-end sale and save up to 70% off of select products at the Library's Shop: http://go.loc.gov...
12/31/2022

SHOP SATURDAY: Shop our year-end sale and save up to 70% off of select products at the Library's Shop: http://go.loc.gov/86vy50MfrbI

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I enjoy using all of the collections of the Library of Congress. I particularly enjoy the collection - papers of the early presidents and recently wrote a blog post highlighting the collection. Thank you for all you do to make your collections easily accessible to researchers.

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