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Please pass the slow twitch fiber…

At the Thanksgiving table, some reach for dark meat, others reach for white meat- my grandfather reaches for the neck! In the sprit of Thanksgiving, and for all the inquisitive minds out there, I thought it might be helpful to explain why turkeys have dark and white meat. Generally speaking, the meats we eat are muscles […]

Candied yams or Candied Sweet Potatoes?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sweet potato and yam? I have. I found myself in a market looking for fresh sweet potatoes for a sweet potato salad recipe. I searched the produce aisle, without success. So I asked the produce manager for help. He told me to use the garnet […]

Origins of the Library’s ST&B Division

I bet most people don’t know that an estimated 40% of the Library’s books and journals are science and business materials. The significance of this can be traced back to our founding father, Thomas Jefferson, who sold his personal library to Congress in 1815 for $23,950. Jefferson collected titles from around the world in all […]

We’ve got your number!

We regularly receive requests for federal statistics and knowing where to look can often be a daunting task! With so many agencies producing numbers you might ask: Where do I begin? Can I get them over a period of time? Whether it is population numbers for Livermore, CA for a business plan, or employment numbers […]

Long Live the Parking Garage!

Parking! We city dwellers often ask, “Is there parking?” before even venturing out the door.  For so many of us, the statement “a really great parking space can totally move you to tears” is right on spot.  On Sunday (November 1, 2009) the Washington Post’ s Philip Kennicott  reported (On the spot: Putting parking in its […]

Inside Adams

Being new to the DC area and a new employee here at the Library of Congress, I have been very curious about the buildings, their architecture and history. This building, built as an annex, was completed and opened to the public in 1939. It was initially named The Annex building. On June 13, 1980 it […]