Jesmyn Ward to Receive 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to Jesmyn Ward. At 45, Ward is the youngest person to receive the Library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work.One of the Library’s most prestigious awards, the annual Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished...

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Library's Packard Campus Theater Resumes Film Screenings

The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will reopen its doors to patrons with a new season of film screenings on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning July 15.The relaunch of the film screenings at the art deco theater has several new offerings focused on a different theme every month. In July, “Packard Campus Potpourri” will include a selection of fan favorites and staff requests. Themes...

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Visitors Invited to Explore Library Reading Rooms and Collections in July

The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will offer the special opportunity for visitors to explore the Library of Congress’ reading rooms and collections in July – as well as enjoy summer movies and concerts on the lawn.Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the Thomas Jefferson Building.Visit loc.gov/visit to reserve your pass for Live at the Library.On Thursday evenings the Library’s...

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Library of Congress to Award Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Historian of LGBTQ+ Life George Chauncey

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that historian George Chauncey will receive the 2022 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Chauncey is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University, a position he has held since 2017, and he directs the Columbia Research Institute on the Global History of Sexualities.“Professor Chauncey’s trailblazing career gave us all...

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Librarian of Congress Appoints Jennifer Meehan Director of Special Collections

Jennifer Meehan, head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University, has been named director of the Library of Congress’ Special Collections Directorate effective Aug. 1. Meehan’s career spans over 18 years in academic and research institutions in positions of progressive responsibility including 14 years of management and leadership experience. She currently serves as head of the Eberly Family Special Collections...

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Copyright Claims Board Officially Opens to Hear Claims

The Library of Congress and United States Copyright Office today announced that the Copyright Claims Board is officially open and available to hear certain copyright disputes involving claims of up to $30,000. As of today, parties can file claims, opt out of a proceeding, reference Copyright Claims Board Handbook materials and contact the board with questions. Eligible claims include copyright infringement, noninfringement, or misrepresentations...

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Exhibit and Panel of Historians Mark 50 Years Since Watergate

A new exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, exploring the role of the press, Congress, the courts and President Richard Nixon’s administration. The exhibit draws from 24 Library of Congress Manuscript Division collections, several of which were recently acquired or opened, in law, journalism and government.On view through Sept. 3 in the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, the...

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Library of Congress Holds Online Workshops to Foster Understanding of Islam

The Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division will host four workshops focusing on “Islam in Africa and the Middle East” beginning Friday, June 17, and continuing through November to foster a better understanding of Islamic culture. The online workshops are part of the Exploring Challenging Conversations planning project funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. to enhance public awareness of cross-regional...

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Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Second Round of Grant Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education Institutions

Educational and cultural institutions that seek to amplify the stories of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and other communities of color by using the Library’s digital collections are invited to apply for the second round of grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.The Connecting Communities Digital...

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Library to Present 5th Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn

The Library of Congress will host its fifth annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer, starting July 7. The series of movies from the Library’s National Film Registry will be presented Thursday evenings at sundown on the southeast lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Music will be presented prior to each film, with live performances on July 7, July...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 8:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and food available for...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Three-Part Series of Interviews with Award-WinniAfrican 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...

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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. The2022 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 funds...

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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...

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Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, 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...

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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...

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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...

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"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...

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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...

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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...

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Library Seeks Applicants for 2022 Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program

The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program, which will run from Sept. 12 -- Nov. 18, 2022. This 10-week paid internship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate and doctoral students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world.The 2022 internship program will be a hybrid format that...

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