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Spotlight on Humorous Poetry

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Last month I wrote in support of engaging students with literary analysis, which asks them to use critical thinking and close reading skills. These skills …

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From Fiction to Film: “The Greatest Gift” and “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Brown, a reference librarian/digital reference specialist in the Library’s Researcher and Reference Services Division. A related exhibit, From The Greatest Gift to It’s a Wonderful Life, is currently on display through January 30 on the second floor of the Great Hall in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. …

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A Visit from St. Nicholas…and the Librarian of Congress

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Yesterday, Library employees and visitors alike—including dozens of children who will soon have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads—gathered in the Thomas Jefferson Building’s Great Hall to commemorate the winter holidays Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. After the LC Chorale opened the day’s celebrations with a festive series of songs, it was time for …

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Poetry Sleuthing 101: Searching the Deep Web

Posted by: Peter Armenti

Nearly every day I receive questions from readers trying to track down a poem they read years ago whose title and author they’ve forgotten. Typically, they recall a few words or phrases from the poem, the approximate year in which they read the poem, and little else. They also usually indicate that they’ve conducted numerous …

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In Defense of Close Reading with Robert Frost

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Some of my favorite poems are those I shared with students year after year. These are poems I know as friends through making a personal …

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The Bread, the Knife, and the Source of Billy Collins’s Poem “Litany”

Posted by: Peter Armenti

As the poetry specialist in the Library’s Researcher and Reference Services Division, I receive my fair share of questions about U.S. poets laureate. Most often, people ask about the history of the laureateship, or about the activities of a particular laureate during his or her term. Very rarely, though, do I receive questions about specific …

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Imaginations of Her Own: Women Pioneers of Science Fiction

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Megan Metcalf, a reference librarian in the Library’s Researcher and Reference Services Division. In 2018 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200, and readers everywhere, including here at the Library of Congress, are celebrating. While Frankenstein has enjoyed enduring popularity, what many don’t know is that this work from 1818 …

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Pairing Poems with Fiction and Biography

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. As a former English teacher and current librarian, I am invested in my students accessing a variety of reading materials. I have found that students, …

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The Hardy Boys and the Secret of the Prolific Ghosts

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following is a guest post by Mark F. Hall, a research specialist in the Library of Congress’s Researcher and Reference Services Division. In today’s rapidly and constantly changing culture, we like to think that some things are the same generation after generation. The books we read, for example. It’s comforting to know that our …