Today the Library launches Read Around the States, a program in which U.S. members of Congress pick a book for young people that is connected to their states—either through the book’s setting or author, or perhaps simply because it is a favorite of the member.
On March 12, the Library of Congress and We Need Diverse Books present “Listening, Learning, Creating Communities,” a virtual symposium on diversity in children’s literature, followed by the ceremony for the Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature.
Join us for a stimulating conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and educator Melissa Alter Smith. Dove will discuss her own approach to writing, share and discuss specific poems, and allow ample time for Q&A.
On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. ET, Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. in a National Book Festival Presents virtual program with Eric Deggans, NPR’s TV critic and media analyst-contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.
A post about Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” along with resources to learn more about inaugural poetry.
Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, congratulates Amanda Gorman on her sensational poetry reading at the presidential inauguration and remembers a 2017 reading Gorman gave at the Library.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announced that National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman perform her poetry at the 59th Presidential Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony, set to take place on Wednesday, January 20, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
We celebrate 2020 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry winners Terrance Hayes (for his 2018 poetry collection American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin) and Natasha Trethewey (for lifetime achievement), and invite you to watch their virtual event hosted by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
Kids in 11 schools across the country will soon get a special treat: A visit from Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
It’s a celebratory day for Joy Harjo: the Librarian of Congress has just appointed our poet laureate to serve a third term in the position. The announcement also marks the launch of Joy’s signature project, “Living Nations, Living Words.”