Free Car Pics!

“Spindle,” a sculpture by Dustin Shuler, towered over a parking lot in Berwyn, Ill., from 1989 to 2008. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division. Cars cars cars and CARS. It’s the latest installment of our Free to Use and Reuse photo sets, and this month we’re featuring some of the Library’s copyright-free automobile images that you can download and … Continue reading Free Car Pics!

Wisconsin wins $35 million to help economically disadvantaged students attend college

MADISON — Wisconsin won a competitive federal grant to provide Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) helping students from economically disadvantaged families prepare for college. Source: Wisconsin Department of Instruction Wisconsin wins million to help economically disadvantaged students attend college Continue reading Wisconsin wins $35 million to help economically disadvantaged students attend college

Crowdsourcing Challenge: The Man Who Recorded the World

This is a guest post by Todd Harvey and Melanie Zeck of the American Folklife Center.  Page 18 of Alan Lomax’s “composition book” containing notes from June 22 through July 30, 1942.  Muddy Waters – 29. (Head of the house) Farms 16 acres.Been knowing Son House since ’29. Learned how toplay with bottle neck from him by watching him forabout a year – followed after … Continue reading Crowdsourcing Challenge: The Man Who Recorded the World

The Notebooks Behind Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Capote, at the Clutter family house. AP Wire Photo. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. Truman Capote, one of the great bon vivants of American letters, gave the Library a trove of his early works in 1967, including some of the notebooks, manuscripts and drafts of “In Cold Blood.” These come from his reporting of the 1959 murder of … Continue reading The Notebooks Behind Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Stanford Taylor welcomes students back to school

MADISON — State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor welcomed students back to school today. She began the day participating in Milwaukee Public Schools’ annual welcoming event to kick off the new school year, along with Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Keith Posley, and other educators, parents, and community leaders. Source: Wisconsin Department of Instruction Stanford Taylor welcomes students back to … Continue reading Stanford Taylor welcomes students back to school

National Book Festival: Pablo Cartaya, in English and Spanish

Author photo: Leah Wharton. Pablo Cartaya is an author, actor and educator who knows his way around the kitchen, too. In 2018, he received a Pura Belpré Author Honor for his middle grade novel, “The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora.” He lives in Miami.  On your Twitter handle, you describe yourself as an “unapologetic code-switcher on a mission.” What’s the mission?  My first language was … Continue reading National Book Festival: Pablo Cartaya, in English and Spanish

Stanford Taylor kicks off the year with educators

MADISON — State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor visited the Middleton and Jefferson school districts today, welcoming educators to another year of helping students thrive. At West Elementary School in Jefferson, Stanford Taylor was joined by Wisconsin’s 2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Chelsea Miller, who teaches at West and Sullivan elementary schools in the district, and the current Badger Girls State Superintendent, Anna Kallsen, a … Continue reading Stanford Taylor kicks off the year with educators

My Job: Patrick Egan, Searching Irish Traditional Music

Concertina player Mae Mulcahy, Butte, Montana, 1979. Montana Folklife Survey collection, American Folklife Center. Patrick Egan (Pádraig Mac Aodhgáin)  is a researcher and musician from Ireland, currently on a Fulbright Tech Impact scholarship at the Library. He recently submitted his PhD in digital humanities with ethnomusicology at University College Cork. Patrick’s interests  have focused on ways to creatively use descriptive data from archival collections. He’ll present … Continue reading My Job: Patrick Egan, Searching Irish Traditional Music

National Book Festival: It’s Just About That Time…

Captain Underpants, the minimally clad superhero, greets fans on the Expo floor at the 2018 National Book Festival. Photo: David Rice. The Library’s National Book Festival is almost upon us — it’s Saturday, Aug. 31 — and we wanted to remind you of how much fun awaits. I mean, like in this shot from last year, can you really say you’ve lived until you’ve posed … Continue reading National Book Festival: It’s Just About That Time…

Stanford Taylor welcomes educators back to school

MADISON — State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor wished educators a successful school year as they head back to the classroom. “There’s excitement all across the state, from our youngest learners to our youngest adult learners,” Stanford Taylor said in a back-to-school video message. “As I travel across the state, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the leadership in our educators and our students.” Source: … Continue reading Stanford Taylor welcomes educators back to school