Digital Roundtable Conference: June 6, 7.

This is a guest post written by Kate Zwaard, Director of Digital Strategy. A professor from California, an entrepreneur from Boston, an author from New York, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire all walk into a library… Sounds like the start of a joke, right?  Instead, it’s some exciting news I have to share: all four are thought leaders in … Continue reading Digital Roundtable Conference: June 6, 7.

Fresh Life (Online) for the epic Shahnamah

Detail, illustration in the Shahnamah. Printed in India, circa 1600. “The Shahnamah,” (translated as “The Persian Book of Kings”) is the majestic narrative that recounts the history of pre-Islamic Persia, a staggering work of literature first published about 1,000 years ago. Written by the poet Ferdowsi, it is composed of 62 separate stories set in 50,000 rhyming couplets and divided into 990 chapters. It was … Continue reading Fresh Life (Online) for the epic Shahnamah

Children’s Book Week: Classic Freebies

Children’s Book Week is 100 years old this year, and there are a lot of cool things to do and see at your favorite national library. Here, let’s check out a handful of insanely popular titles that kids were reading in 1919, when the very first book week was launched. This is particularly fun because all of these are FREE on our website. A century … Continue reading Children’s Book Week: Classic Freebies

Tracy K. Smith Bids Farewell as U.S. Poet Laureate

Tracy Smith shares a laugh with Vogue Robinson, poet laureate of Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas), during Smith’s farewell event as U.S. Poet Laureate. Photo by Shawn Miller. Tracy K. Smith concluded her remarkable term as U.S. Poet Laureate with a speech and on-stage conversation at the Library of Congress Monday night, capping two years of travel, podcasts and community conversations across the nation. Smith … Continue reading Tracy K. Smith Bids Farewell as U.S. Poet Laureate

Tracy K. Smith: One Night Only

Smith tours the Santa Fe Indian School as part of her project to bring poetry to underserved communities, Jan. 12, 2018. Photo by Shawn Miller. Tracy K. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate, hasn’t kept to an ivory-tower, life-of-contemplation existence during her two years in the post. It seems she’s hardly sat still. She’s published her fourth book of poetry, “Wade in the Water.” She’s edited … Continue reading Tracy K. Smith: One Night Only

Pic of the Week: James Baldwin’s “Little Man, Little Man”

Photo by Shawn Miller. Aisha Karefa-Smart, James Baldwin’s niece, reads from a recently released edition of “Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood,” the only children’s book Baldwin wrote, at a Library of Congress panel discussion on Feb. 28, 2019. Karefa-Smart, a D.C.-based author, wrote the book’s afterword. The book was originally written in 1971, when Baldwin was living in the south of France, … Continue reading Pic of the Week: James Baldwin’s “Little Man, Little Man”

10 Reasons Why You NEED to Experience Birkie Week

Fresh snow. Northwoods vibes. Winter athletes. And lots and lots of cowbells. Simply put, there is nothing quite like the American Birkebeiner & Kortelopet. As the first- and second-largest cross-country ski races in North America, the “Birkie” and “Korte” are truly world-class. Take it from me: If you haven’t experienced the “greatest show on snow,” then you are seriously missing out. Here are just 10 … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You NEED to Experience Birkie Week

19 Reasons to Attend Winterfest in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for the perfect destination for Super Bowl Sunday, a romantic getaway for your Valentine, or the ideal winter solution for cabin fever, Lake Geneva’s upcoming Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship – taking place Jan. 26-Feb. 3 – will have you covered. You know what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun! There’s a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities, … Continue reading 19 Reasons to Attend Winterfest in Lake Geneva

Gershwin Prize: Emilio and Gloria Estefan to Receive 2019 Award

This post’s publication coincides with our celebration today of George Gershwin’s birthday – he was born on Sept. 26, 1898, in New York City. The Library also announced today the availability of rare Gershwin home movies on its newly launched National Screening Room website. Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Photo by Omar Cruz. Courtesy of Crescent Moon, Estefan Enterprises Inc. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced … Continue reading Gershwin Prize: Emilio and Gloria Estefan to Receive 2019 Award