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Archive: April 2023 (4 Posts)

No Extra Words: The Emotional Punch of Novels in Verse

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post was written by Sasha Dowdy, Program Specialist in the Literary Initiatives Office. It appeared originally on Bookmarked: Celebrating Contemporary Books & Writers at the Library. For the close of National Poetry Month, I’d like to highlight novels in verse. The Academy of American Poets defines the form as follows: The verse novel is …

Three movable books from the Rare Book Division.

Pop-Up Books at the Library

Posted by: Rachel Gordon

Do you and your family enjoy reading pop-up books? If so, you’re in good company. The pop-up book collection is an extremely popular part of the Young Readers’ Center and Programs Lab (YRCPL), the Library’s drop-in space for children and caregivers. Visitors of all ages pour over these books; they get so much use that …

A ballet dancer wearing a white dress leans backwards in a dancing position, one leg extended. Her hands are over her head and her arms look muscular. She wears a hat.

Family Resources for Exploring the Work of Katherine Dunham: Experience, Research & Creation

Posted by: Alli Hartley-Kong

This post is by Caneisha Mills, the 2022-2023 Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence.  What life experiences foster creativity for artists? One artist whose life answers this question is Katherine Dunham. She was a trailblazer in anthropology and modern dance, mixing dance genres to express her point of view as an artist. Born in Chicago in 1909, …