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President Theodore Roosevelt is shown in 1910 after he had left the White House. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)The largest collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting his extraordinary career in the White House and as vice president, governor of New York, and as a naturalist, writer and reformer, has been digitized and is now available online from the Library of Congress.The digitization of the massive collection comes just before the 160th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birthday. The nation’s 26th president was born Oct. 27, 1858, and died nearly 100 years ago on Jan. 6, 1919.The Roosevelt papers are one of the largest presidential collections held by the Library, consisting of about 276,000 documents and comprising about 461,000 images. It includes letters, speeches, executive orders, scrapbooks, diaries, White House reception records and press releases of his administration, as well as family records.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress appointed Suzanne Schadl, academic expert in Latin American studies, as chief of the Hispanic Division. Schadl has more than 16 years of teaching and library experience.Click here for more information.
John CenaWorld champion wrestler John Cena's latest accomplishment is his first children's book series, inspired by the work of author Richard Scarry. Entitled "Elbow Grease," this series is a "fun and fast-paced picture book starring a little monster truck with a lot of ambition." Watch live as Cena presents his new picture book to local students. The kids will have some very interesting questions to ask John.The program will be streamed LIVE, Friday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET on the following channels:Watch LIVE on loc.govWatch LIVE on YouTubeWatch LIVE on Facebook
The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works.Click here for more information.
2018 Holland PrizeCoinciding with World Architecture Day on Oct. 1, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the 2018 recipients of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing. A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the 2018 Holland Prize winner.Click here for more information.
Following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.” In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled and data-driven.Click here for more information.
In July 1992, Scholastic, Inc. introduced R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series. Nearly 25 years later, Stine is now one of the best-selling children's authors in history. Join us as he discusses his life and legacy of literacy.The program will be streamed LIVE TOMORROW, Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET on the following channels:Watch LIVE on loc.govWatch LIVE on YouTubeWatch LIVE on Facebook
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.”Click here for more information.
Ibi Zoboi, author of "American Street" (Harper Collins Publishers, 2017), and Duncan Tonatiuh, author and illustrator of "Danza!: Amalia Hernndez" and "El Ballet Folklrico de Mxico" (Abrams Books, 2017), will receive the 2018 Amricas Award. The Amricas Award is given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on TODAY at 2:30pm ET on the following channels:Watch LIVE on loc.govWatch LIVE on YouTubeWatch LIVE on Facebook External
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.Click here for more information.Click here for a Spanish-language version of the release.
The John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress has welcomed a new cohort of scholars who will be in residence during the fall and winter. They will be involved in research, conversations with lawmakers and their staff, as well as in programs for the public.Click here for more information.
In celebration of the new school year, the Library of Congress welcomed two teachers from Connecticut and Idaho to work closely with the Library’s primary sources collections in Washington, D.C.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with educational organizations, today announced the launch of two new web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.Click here for more information.
Drew Gilpin Faust – historian, former Harvard University president and author of the Bancroft Prize-winning book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” – will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.In accepting the prize, Faust will speak about the importance of the humanities, the challenges facing college and university campuses today and questions that have motivated her scholarly work.The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7pm ET on the following channels:Watch LIVE on loc.govWatch LIVE on YouTubeWatch LIVE on Facebook External
Following a nationwide call, the Library of Congress today announced that Pratt Institute, in collaboration with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will oversee the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program.Click here for more information.
Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page. The date for next year's festival was announced for August 31, 2019.Click here for more information.
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide were awarded the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced tonight.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced the winners of its “A Book That Shaped Me”: Summer Writing Contest, a program that asks rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Bruce Clarke as the sixth Baruch S. Blumberg chair in astrobiology. Clarke will be in residence at the Kluge Center for a period of ten months beginning in December, 2018.Click here for more information.
In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Library of Congress welcomed five librarians to its Librarians-in-Residence pilot program this summer. The residency runs from June 11 to December with the possibility of extension.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has selected Jer Thorp to serve a second term as the Innovator-in-Residence. Thorp will continue his exploration of increasing spontaneous digital discovery in libraries with a tool and conceptual framework he is calling the “Serendipity Engine.” Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced the selection of three organizations that will receive a total of $1,058,513 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on subjects related to Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has selected Shari Rosenstein Werb and David S. Mandel to be the directors, respectively, of the Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement and the Center for Exhibits and Interpretation. These key posts are at the helms of newly established offices that are central to executing the Library’s strategy of informing, inspiring and engaging the public.Click here for more information.
Two of the world’s most comprehensive international law libraries, the Law Library of Congress and the Peace Palace Library based in The Hague, Netherlands, have agreed to form an information-sharing relationship to better serve library users.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced the winners of the Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to use legislative data sets sourced from Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways.Click here for more information.